- Associated Press - Thursday, August 14, 2014

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - Officials say they’ve arrested one man and are seeking his half-brother for questioning about almost a dozen recent fires in the Sanford area.

State Fire Marshall Jeff Atwater said Wednesday that Curtis Smith was arrested for a mobile home fire in Sanford. He was charged with attempted murder and first-degree arson.

Atwater also said authorities want to question Smith’s half-brother, Steven Angle, about the other fires.

Since late last month, 11 fires have been set in Sanford and the surrounding area.

This week, a series of fires also were set in nearby Daytona Beach and also downtown Orlando.

Atwater also serves as Florida’s chief financial officer.

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