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CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis: Stomping Out the Flames of Arson in Florida

5/10/2023

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, May 10, 2023
Contact: Office of Communications, Communications@MyFloridaCFO.com, 850.413.2842

CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis: Stomping Out the Flames of Arson in Florida
~ Highlights Arson Tip Line during National Arson Awareness Week ~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – During National Arson Awareness Week, recognized May 7-13, 2023, Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis calls on all Floridians to report suspicious activity and be on the lookout for those who attempt to commit arson-related crimes. Since taking office in 2017, the CFO’s Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations has arrested more than 1,400 invidivuals for arson related crimes in Florida.

CFO & State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis said, “Arson is a costly and deadly crime that destroys property and can end in tragedy. Arson-for-profit schemes are also one of the factors that can drive up insurance rates in our state. In 2022 alone, more than 680 of the 2,274 fires my office responded to were arson related. These fires caused 40 injuries, 21 fatalities, and roughly $16.2 million in property damage. If you see something, say something! Report arson immediately to the Arson Tip Line at 1-877-No-Arson.”

To report arson, call 1-877-No-Arson (1-877-662-7766). Tips that lead directly to an arrest and conviction may be eligible for a $5,000 reward. Information can be provided anonymously. The Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations is a law enforcement branch of CFO Patronis’ Division of Investigative and Forensic Services and conducts fire, arson, and explosives investigations as well as other related criminal investigations statewide.

Arson Awareness Week in Florida is part of a nationwide initiative to educate the public on the important role of community arson awareness and how it can and does play an important role in preventing this dangerous crime.

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About CFO Jimmy Patronis  
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a statewide elected official and a member of Florida’s Cabinet who oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Patronis works each day to fight insurance fraud, support Florida’s firefighters, and ensure the state’s finances are stable to support economic growth in the state. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).

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