An arrest was made last week in the case of arsons that gutted the Port St. Joe Masonic Lodge late last year.
Florida Chief Financial Officer and Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater announced last week the arrest of Jarrod Powell Slick of Port St. Joe. Slick was charged with two counts of arson and two counts of burglary.
Slick is charged with entering and setting fire to the Masonic Lodge on Dec. 14 and Dec. 24 of last year. The Port St. Joe Fire Department, along with departments from Highland View and The Beaches, responded to the fires at the lodge located at 214 Reid Avenue.
The first fire caused minimal damage but the second fire rendered the building a total loss, according to a press release from the State Fire Marshall’s Office.
Investigators quickly determined the fires were intentionally set and posted a reward for information leading to the arrest of the culprit.
The investigation was a joint operation between the Port St. Joe Police Department, the State Fire Marshal’s Office’s Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigation.
Port St. Joe Police Chief David Barnes told city commissioners last week that a warrant was being prepared for submittal to prosecutors in the case.
Barnes had previously said that investigators had promising leads and were “eager” to make an arrest.
The arrest warrant obtained last Wednesday.
Slick was arrested and booked into the Bay County Jail on two counts of arson and two counts of burglary last Friday.
Slick faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $40,000 if convicted.
To report arson, call 1-877-662-7766 or visit www.facap.org/ReportArson.cfm. A reward of up to $5,000 may be paid by the Florida Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention for a tip that leads directly to an arrest and conviction.