Man charged with setting Longwood condo on fire, claims ‘revenge’ against HOA

A man who is being charged with arson for allegedly setting his Longwood condominium on fire claims he did it as “revenge” against the community’s Homeowners’ Association.

Marc Lane Hermann was arrested by Seminole County Sheriff’s Office deputies on Monday, January 23, on multiple charges of first degree arson.

Hermann is being accused of setting fire to his condominium at 265 Crown Oaks Way on January 14, 2023, according to an arrest affidavit filed with the Seminole County Clerk of Courts.

On that day, Seminole County Fire Department crews responded after receiving reports of a fire at the complex. During their investigation, authorities overheard Hermann talking about the details of the fire, including that he “started the fire in an act of revenge against the Homeowners Association in charge of his property.”

Multiple neighbors were in their homes when the fire began and provided details to the police regarding the incident.

One neighbor indicated that he smelled gasoline before hearing a loud explosion that threw him into a closet. The man was unable to exit his residence through the front door and instead had to exit from the outdoor balcony on the second story.

Police say that Hermann’s unit sustained “catastrophic fire destruction” and that three other units connected to the home were all damaged from fire exposure or fire suppression activities.

While investigating the scene, authorities noted that the fire burn patterns indicated that the fire started in the hall adjacent to the kitchen. A strong odor of a “gasoline-type” smell was present in the area. A detection canine was brought to the scene and alerted within the dwelling on an accelerant.

Hermann is currently being held at the Seminole County Jail on no bond. He was scheduled to make his first appearance in court on January 24.

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