House fire ends in arrest

Published 8:35 am Thursday, December 1, 2011

Escambia County Sheriff’s officials are continuing an investigation into a house fire reported on Travis Road Wednesday morning that has put one man behind bars.

Clyde Coffey, 49, of Travis Road was arrested by Santa Rosa County, Fla., law enforcement officers and was transported to that county’s jail where he was charged with second-degree arson in connection with the fire.

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According to Escambia officials, Coffey who was a resident at the rental house, was discovered near Berrydale Crossroads in Santa Rosa County. When officers approached him and questioned him about the fire, he admitted to starting the blaze citing poor living conditions as a reason.

Coffey will be returned to Escambia County Sheriff’s officials to face the arson charges here.

Members of the Dixonville Volunteer Fire Department responded to the blaze just before 9 a.m. Thursday.

Joel Migas, chief for the volunteer group, said the house was fully involved when his crews arrived on the scene.

“We were able to bring the fire under control with the help of the East Brewton Fire Department crew,” Migas said.

An investigation into the incident is continuing, officials said.