DAYTONA BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT
301 SOUTH BEACH STREET
DAYTONA BEACH, FL 32114
(904) 258-3184 FAX (904) 254-7433

PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER: Lt. Gene Stone

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

On Monday August 14, 2000 units from The Daytona Beach Fire Department responded to 600 N. Ridgewood Ave for a fire next to the building inside the dumpster area. On arrival engine crews extinguished the fire, the cause of this fire was Arson. Engine crew reported that the store clerk witness a subject by the name of William Norman Barr, leaving from the Dumpster area. Mr. Barr was confronted by the store clerk, in reference into what he was doing in the area. He replied his friend was a sleep behind the Dumpster. The clerk looked into the fenced area and noticed the fire. The clerk then tried to detain Mr. Barr until Daytona Beach Police arrived. Daytona Beach patrol unit saw the clerk detaining the subject and turned around to assist then the subject ran from the scene. A police K-9 unit arrived to search for Mr. Barr, he found hiding under a structure just south of the fire. Mr. Barr was placed under arrest for Arson; his friend escaped the Dumpster area after being awakened by the store clerk, the victim had to run through 5’ flames to escape. This victim suffered minor first-degree burns to his arms. Later that morning a joint investigation by The State Fire Marshals office, The Division of Agriculture Law Enforcement, Daytona Beach Police Department, Volusia County Fire Service and The Daytona Beach Fire Department. This investigation revealed that William Norman Barr is the suspect in over 100 fires in the area. This investigation group assisted by the State Attorneys Office also filled charges of Second Degree Attempted Murder charges. Bond on Mr. Barr was set at $55,000 dollars, $5,000 for the arson and $50,000 for the attempted Murder. Mr. Barr has been book into the Volusia County Branch Jail. The other fires that he is a suspect in are in the U.S. 1 and I-95 area of Ormond Beach ranging from wildland Arson to structures in this area. If anyone has any information please contact you’re local Police Department, The State Fire Marshals Office or The Division of Agriculture Law Enforcement Office. A reward may be awarded for the information leading to the arrest and conviction.