NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. - A family says they're the target of arsonists, but investigators say southwest Florida has seen an alarming rise in arson investigations over the past 3 months.
Investigators believe the home on Brooks Court was intentionally lit for the 2nd time since September, leaving neighbors in the area living on edge.
The owner of the home, was set to receive a $75,000 insurance check to begin rebuilding after the September fire... now he says they may just have to tear it down.
"It could be vindictive or it could be somebody whose got nothing better to do, which is just sad if that's all you have to do with your life," said the co-owner of the Brooks Court home.
State Fire Marshal representatives say they've opened 43 new arson investigations in southwest Florida since August 1st - 7 in Collier county, 9 in Charlotte County, and 27 in Lee County.
According to the State Fire Marshal's website, 45% of all fires in the state are believed to have been deliberately set... 18% of the time officers are able to make arrests.
Rewards of up to $2,500 are offered for information which leads to an arrest of individuals responsible for committing arson.