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Avon Park man charged with arson

FORT PIERCE An Avon Park man was charged in Fort Pierce this week with arson in connection with setting of a fire near a motel parking lot, authorities said. Robert Powers, 46, 109 Florida Ave., Sebring, was arrested April 3 and charged with first-degree arson near a building with people present. Sgt. Dennis McWilliams, public information for the Fort Pierce Police Department, said in a press release two other fires that occurred around the same time on April 3. One was inside an unoccupied motel room and the other was outside the motel, he wrote. The fires caused about $20,000 in damages, but no injuries, McWilliams said in the press release.