Deputies arrest man in connection to Pulse memorial fire



STEWART: A MEMORIAL HONORING THE 49 LIVES LOST IN THE PULSE NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING HAS BEEN VANDALIZED. MICHELLE: THE NIGHTTIME FIRE WAS CAUGHT ON SECURITY CAMERAS AT THE SITE. WESH 2’S DAVE MCDANIEL HAS REACTION TO WHAT HAPPENED AND THE LATEST ON THE INVESTIGATION. DAVE: NOT QUITE 8:30 IN THE EVENING OCTOBER 12, WE SEE SOMEONE IN A WHEELCHAIR AT THE PULSE NIGHTCLUB MEMORIAL SITE. SECONDS LATER, A FIRE APPEARS TO BE SET. IT QUICKLY GROWS, AND THE PERSON LEAVES THE SITE, GOING NORTH. WEEKS LATER, THE AREA STILL SHOWS THE SCARS FROM THE FLAMES. THE PUE LSFOUNDATION TELLS US A BANNER SHOWING ALL 49 VICTIMS WAS DAMAGED, AS WELL AS OTW INDIVIDUAL BANNERS HONORING LIVES STLO. >> IT’S VERY HEARTBREAKING, BECAUSE SOMETHING LIKE THIS IS VERY DEVASTATING, ESPECILYAL WHEN YOU HAVE A SITE WREHE PEOPLE GO AND MOURN THE LOSS OF THEIR LOVED ON.ES DAVE: EVER SINCE THE TRAGEDY CASEWORKERS AT THE CENTER HAVE PROVIDED MUCH-NEEDED COUNSELING PPSUORTOR F SURVIVORS AND THE FAMILIES OF THE VICTIMS. THIS FIRE IS ANOTHER TRAUMA RFO THEM. >> I HAVE A FEW OF THE FAMIL MEMBERS THAT WERE POSTING ONLINE ON FACEBOOK, AND JUST SEEING THE HURT THAT THEY FELT WAS FOR ME, AS A PERSON WHO WORKS WITHHEM, T HEARTBREING,AK JUST TO SEE THAT. DAVE:: MORE THAN FIVE YEARS AFTER THE TREDY,AG PEOPLE ARE STILL DRAWN TO THIS LOCATION DAILY, SHOWING ITS SIGNIFICANCE TO THE COMMUNITY. THE IDEA THAT SOMEONE COULD VANDALIZE IT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, HEARTBREAKING. >> THIS IS A SACRED SPACE, AND FOR ANYO TNEO PUT MORE HATE INTO THIS SPACE THAN HAS ALREADY BEEN HERE, THIS AREA HAS SUFFERED ENOU.GH >> WHY WLDOU PEOPLE NEED TO DO THATOW N NO, I DON’T UNDERSTAND IT. I THINK IIS IMPORTANT THAT WE STILL CONTINUE TO SPREAD LOVE, NOT HATE, AND MAKE SURE THAT LOVE WI. DAVE: THE PULSE FOUNDAONTI PLEDGES TO REPAIR AND RESTORE THE SITE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. IN ORLANDO, DAVE MCDANIEL, WESH 2

Deputies arrest man in connection to Pulse memorial fire

A man accused of setting fire to the Pulse Memorial last month has been arrested. Mark Henson, 64, is suspected of starting the fire that caused significant damage to the beloved site, according to an investigation by the Orlando Fire Department Arson and Bomb Squad. Henson is being charged with felony criminal mischief.On Saturday, the onePulse Foundation shared on Facebook security footage that shows someone in a wheelchair at the Pulse Nightclub Memorial site around 8:30 p.m.The video shows the person coming closer to the site, and then a fire erupts. It quickly grows and the person leaves the site going north.The onePulse Foundation said it pledges to repair and restore the site as soon as possible.

A man accused of setting fire to the Pulse Memorial last month has been arrested.

Mark Henson, 64, is suspected of starting the fire that caused significant damage to the beloved site, according to an investigation by the Orlando Fire Department Arson and Bomb Squad. Henson is being charged with felony criminal mischief.

On Saturday, the onePulse Foundation shared on Facebook security footage that shows someone in a wheelchair at the Pulse Nightclub Memorial site around 8:30 p.m.

The video shows the person coming closer to the site, and then a fire erupts. It quickly grows and the person leaves the site going north.

The onePulse Foundation said it pledges to repair and restore the site as soon as possible.

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