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Man turns self in on arson charge

Hernando Today staff report

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BROOKSVILLE - A Hernando Beach man accused of setting a High Point Boulevard home on fire in January turned himself in on Thursday. James P. Farrell, 63, was arrested on warrant charges of first-degree arson and criminal mischief at the Hernando County Jail. He was listed as "Monday's Most Wanted" by the sheriff's office on March 3, according to Public Information Officer Denise Moloney.

Moloney said Friday Farrell's charges are from a January 28 fire at 9003 Highpoint Blvd.

When High Point Volunteer Department Deputy Chief Bob Kanner arrived on the scene around 7:30 p.m., he saw sheriff's Deputy James Devorak pulling a man out of the High Point home.

Kanner said there were explosions coming from the home, and more than 30 firefighters from his department and Hernando County Fire Rescue worked to extinguish the fire.

Farrell was flown to Tampa General, where he was treated for burns and smoke inhalation.

He continues to be held on $17,000 bail for the charges.

Court records show Farrell has been convicted of several criminal traffic and misdemeanor charges in Hernando County in the past, including driving under the influence, criminal mischief, battery and retail theft.

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