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CFO Jimmy Patronis Announces Marion County Hospital Arson Arrest

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, April 25, 2023
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CFO Jimmy Patronis Announces Marion County Hospital Arson Arrest

OCALA, Fla. - Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced the arrest of Daniel Holmes on four counts of Arson and one count of Battery on a Firefighter/EMT for his alleged involvement in intentionally setting three fires inside the West Marion Hospital in Ocala.

CFO Jimmy Patronis said, "We take arson seriously no matter who’s at risk, but committing arson at a hospital is especially despicable. Arson is a costly and dangerous crime and will not be tolerated in Florida. Thank you to my fire investigators and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office for helping apprehend this suspect and ensure the safety of everyone at the hospital."

On Sunday, April 23, 2023, Marion County Fire Rescue requested the assistance of the Division of Investigative and Forensic Services (DIFS) regarding a structure fire at West Marion Hospital (HCA) in Ocala. Upon the arrival of a DIFS detective, it was discovered that Holmes had allegedly set three fires across the building before fleeing on foot and setting a grass fire across the street. Holmes was detained there by Marion County Sheriff's Office, before custody was transferred to the Ocala Police Department (OPD).

Daniel Holmes was arrested on April 24, 2023 and transported to Marion County Jail. If convicted on all charges, he could face over 30 years in prison.


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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