Delmar Dice, 50, of Milton is facing one felony count of arson from the Florida Division of the State Fire Marshal, after allegedly attempting to burn down his own home on Happy Hollow Drive and causing nearly $200,000 in damage.

 Delmar Dice, 50, of Milton is facing one felony count of arson from the Florida Division of the State Fire Marshal, after allegedly attempting to burn down his own home on Happy Hollow Drive and causing nearly $200,000 in damage.

According to a press release from the Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater’s office, the incident occurred on Friday in which an SFM investigator was requested to the scene by the Skyline Fire Department and the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office. Upon arrival, Dice’s home was engulfed in flames while the owner was on scene and “looked upon his scorched home in despair,” the release stated.

A local accelerant detection K-9 named Bailey was able to locate the use of accelerants in the garage area of the home. Investigators were then to verify the blaze had initially started in the garage and some type of accelerant had been used in the incident.

During the K-9’s inspection, Bailey was also able to locate an accelerant on the shoes of Dice, who was still present at the scene. Investigators suspected Dice of setting his own home on fire by using accelerants to help sustain the life of the fire and was arrested for arson. No one was injured on scene, according to the press release.  

Dice’s case will be prosecuted by State Attorney Office and if convicted could face 20 years in prison, the press release stated.  Dice was released from the Santa Rosa County Jail on Saturday after making a $50,000 bond, according to the jail’s website.