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Man charged with starting fire in jail

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Published:   |   Updated: March 12, 2013 at 05:03 PM

A Highlands County jail inmate faced additional charges Friday stemming from the investigation of a Jan. 28 fire at the jail resulting in the evacuation of 96 prisoners, authorities said Friday in a press release.

David Louisnel Edmond, 22, 2520 Hope Circle, Sebring, was arrested and charged with arson to a dwelling with people present. He already was in jail on charges of firing a missile into a dwelling, criminal mischief, possession of a weapon or ammunition by a convicted felon and discharging a firearm into a vehicle.

The arrest occurred after Deputy Todd Muse, while working in the jail at 338 Orange St., smelled smoke, the press release said.

Sebring firefighters discovered that smoldering papers placed in an air conditioning pipe caused a cellblock to fill up with smoke, the press release said.

No one was reported injured.

As a result of the new charges, Edmond's bail was increased to $120,000, authorities said.

"Incidents like this in the detention facility are taken very seriously by the Sheriff's Office," Chief Deputy Mark Schrader said in the press release. "We credit a quick response by the detention deputies and swift and expedient investigation by sheriff's detectives, which resulted in charges against the inmate."