Thomas Ross Kindinger, age 25, of The Reserve Apartments in Gulf Breeze has been arrested on charges of arson from the State Fire Marshal’s Office relating to a fire at the apartment community in the early morning hours of Aug. 5. Jon Moore, spokesperson for the State Fire Marshal’s office also confirmed that Kindinger is an active duty member of the U.S. Air Force stationed at Hurlburt Field. On behalf of the 1st Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field, Lt. Pienkowski in the Public Affairs Office said, “The 1st Special Operations Wing is aware of the charges brought against SSgt Kindinger, but does not comment on open investigations.”
The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office and Midway Fire Department responded to the 6 a.m. fire according to a Sheriff’s Office press release. The blaze was contained to one unit in Building 11 of the complex. No injuries were reported, but damages to the unit are estimated at $50,000.
John Davis, a resident of the building said in an email to Navarre Press, “The response from the fire department was overwhelming. They saved the building but more importantly they saved people’s lives. A few more minutes and the building may have been lost with possible injuries or death.”