Firefighter facing arson charges for burning co-worker
By Amanda Evans, Reporter
Last Updated: Monday, January 03, 2011 11:32 PM
APOPKA –An Apopka firefighter is recovering after he was badly burned by a fellow firefighter.
Jason LeBlanc is facing charges for arson.
Police said he was at a party with a group of firefighters when he sprayed lighter fluid on another fireman.
Jack Shumate was taken to Florida Hospital in Apopka with second-degree burns to his right leg.
Police said the incident was not mean-spirited, but believe the party just got out of hand.
“From my understanding, there was alcohol present at the time of the party, and from my understanding, it was a poor decision that had taken place,â€ said Officer Steve Popp from the Apopka Police Department. â€œBut there was no vendetta or any real reason why it occurred.”
LeBlanc was an 8-year veteran with the Apopka Fire Department. He has resigned.