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Suspect arrested for arson in Florida fires

PALM BAY, Fla.- Authorities in a Florida town where at least 40 homes have been gutted by wildfires have arrested a man they believe may have sparked the blazes. 

Palm Bay Deputy Police Chief Doug Muldoon says the man was arrested Wednesday morning. No other information is being released until a news conference with other city officials. 

The fires reported in Brevard County have burned more than 15 square miles. Officials say they're getting closer to containing the blazes. 

The Florida Division of Forestry says 40 homes in the Palm Bay area were destroyed and about 120 other structures were damaged. Officials said the total damage estimate was approximately $9.6 million.

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