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A Naples man is in custody after detectives say they saw video footage of him lighting a fire at a Collier County apartment complex.

Jarrett Otto Gimbl, 40, was wearing a blue shirt with “firefighter” and “fire rescue” written on it when Collier County Sheriff’s deputies arrested him in connection with a fire at Addison Place Apartments, located in the 8000 block of Addison Place Circle. This is just off of Immokalee Road.

Deputies responded to a report of a fire in the trash room at the apartment complex just before 5 p.m. on Saturday. Smoke and flames were already visible when deputies and firefighters instructed residents to evacuate from the building. Firefighters extinguished the blaze without any reported injuries. But investigators with the state fire marshal were able to determine that the fire was intentionally set.

Eric Aquino lives in Addison Place. “It was just uncomfortable very uncomfortable you have families with their children and you know it’s it just wasn’t called for,” Aquino said.

Read more: WINK (Ft. Myers, FL)

The New York Police Department arrested a 39-year-old Brooklyn woman Sunday in connection with a suspected arson at the Jewish school Yeshiva of Flatbush, according to a tweet from the department.
The incident took place Thursday around 7:30 p.m. when police said a woman poured gasoline in front of the Yeshiva and lit it on fire. A security guard for the building saw the fire and doused it with water, extinguishing the fire before it could grow.
There were no injuries as a result of this incident, police said.

The Brooklyn woman was charged with reckless endangerment as a hate crime and fifth-degree arson, police said. NYPD's Hate Crimes Task Force (HCTF) detectives, assisted by Manhattan/Queens Warrants arrested the woman, according to the department's tweet.

"We're extremely grateful that the matter was taken really seriously by the NYPD and so many elected officials. And I believe they have someone in custody, which is a relief. ... It makes everyone feel safer," Rabbi Joseph Beyda, head of the Yeshiva, told CNN Sunday.

Read more: CNN

Police have arrested an Anne Arundel County Fire Department civilian employee after he made threats of mass violence to other employees at the department's headquarters.

At approximately 12:00PM officers say they responded to the building for a reported threat of mass violence made by a civilian employee.

Officials say the suspect, Jordan Brent Hartlove, 24, of Denton, Maryland, allegedly made detailed statements to other Fire Department employees threatening to use a gun to harm people.

An arrest warrant was issued for threats of mass violence and the suspect was peacefully taken into custody by an allied agency out of the county, police say.

Read more: Fox 45

Law enforcement authorities say they have made an arrest in Wednesday's arson incident at the Travis County Democratic Party office in East Austin.

A "Molotov cocktail" was thrown inside the office and ignited during the early morning hours. The arson suspect was recorded on security cameras, and a note was a left at the scene.

The Austin Fire Department says their arson investigators along with the FBI made the arrest. Ryan Faircloth, 30, is charged with second-degree felony arson and third-degree felony possession of a prohibited weapon.

He remains in custody at the Travis County Jail under a combine $40,000 bond for both charges.

Read more: CBS Austin

A male suspect was caught on to-be-released video wearing an American flag bandana and a face mask, authorities confirmed during a September 29 press conference. According to Brandon Jennings, captain of the Austin Fire Department's arson and fire investigations, the suspect is seen circling the historic building at 1311 E Sixth Street around 2 a.m. The suspect then used a projectile to shatter a glass door and toss in a crudely made Molotov cocktail. 
The incendiary device did not detonate, but rather sparked a small fire that was extinguished by employees from a neighboring bar. 

"[The incendiary device] did not explode or anything," Jennings said during the conference. "It looks more like the individual placed it inside there and it also appears they used a commercial-grade smoke bomb as they call it."

Read more: Laredo Morning Times