17-year-old faces second-degree murder charges for fatal Golden Gate house fire
A suspect has been arrested in connection with an arson fire that claimed the life of one person at a home in Golden Gate early Tuesday.
According to Collier County Sheriff’s Office, Marc Boileau, 17 was arrested on Tuesday after it was determined he was the suspect involved in starting the fire in Golden Gate following an interview with law enforcement.
A report from CCSO says video from a Circle K shows Boileau pulling up in a white taxi purchasing a gas container and gasoline from the convenience store.
In an interview from an occupant of the house, they claimed to have smelled a strong odor of gas before being hit in the face with flames.
When deputies interviewed Boileau they smelled a strong odor of gas coming off of him.
A Fire Marshal accelerant dog also alerted deputies to 8 locations of accelerants at the location of the house fire.
Following the interviews, Boileau was arrested and now faces charges of second-degree murder and arson.
Deputies responded to a house fire in the 5300 block of 24th Avenue Southwest at 12:01 a.m. Five people, including the suspect and victim, were inside the residence when the fire broke out, according to detectives.
Neighbors who witnessed the fire say, before flames erupted, it sounded like a bomb went off at the duplex, where firefighters say a total of 17 people lived there.
”We could have died, everybody, last night,” neighbor Adella Saline said. “But thank, God, we’re all here.”
The fire destroyed Saline’s family home after flames erupted on the other side of their duplex.
“I hear very, very like crack,” Saline said. ”Police cars and fire trucks coming from our station … Me and my dad trying to see what was going on, and I looked — black smoke.”
Friend and neighbor Dede Alce says she has known the victim’s family for many years.
”I know them from 21 years, my house over there,” Alce said.
Alce told us the man killed in the fire had kids.
”Nice people,” Alce said. “The husband is such a nice guy. The wife is so sweet lady.”
The Greater Naples fire chief says fire crews responded quickly but not fast enough to save the victim.
“These are folks that go to work every day, try and make a living, when they lose a home, or … This is very, very drastic, very dramatic to them,” Fire Chief Kingman Schuldt said. “Then, when you put a fatality on it, you can’t even imagine what that does to a family.”
And as crime scene tape surrounded the duplex, neighbors questioned what happened near them.
”I don’t know nothing. I don’t know,” Alce said. “Just a nice person, so sweet,” said.
One of the other occupants suffered injuries and was taken to a burn center on the East Coast for treatment.
Detectives say the suspect faces charges of second-degree murder and arson.