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Good Samaritan Stops Man from Burning Down Florida Dive Bar

A Florida dive bar is miraculously still standing after a good Samaritan stopped an irate patron from burning down the entire place.

Jacksonville’s Jag Saloon, a community staple named after the lyrics of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s iconic song “Gimme Three Steps,” is owned by Kenneth Gray. He told Action News Jax that he is a “regular” customer. tried to set fire After a seemingly normal Wednesday, we headed to the facility.

“He’s a regular,” Gray told a local station about the would-be arsonist who comes to the bar almost every day. “And he said, ‘I’m going to burn the place down,’ and he tried to burn the place down.”

Surveillance cameras captured the moment the suspect entered the Jag Saloon with two large containers of gasoline and began pouring them all over the floor.

Several employees and patrons realized what was happening and immediately began to leave.

“I’m concerned not only for Barr but also for his health with him being in such a mental state,” Gray said.

According to the owner, an employee called the police, but it was another witness who ultimately stopped the man’s rampage.

An older man with long gray hair tackled the suspect and dragged him outside before setting him on fire.

According to Gray, he “never in a million years would have thought I would do something like this.”

Although no fire broke out, the drama didn’t end there.

The suspect was believed to have fled into the woods after a good Samaritan, and police spent hours searching for him with helicopters and K-9 units, finding him sleeping in a car parked next to the bar. discovered someone.

“We’re going to make sure he never comes again. We’re going to fix it,” Gray said. “But we’re not going to let him run around with gas trying to burn the place down.”

“Police at the scene said the state fire marshal was investigating,” local media reported.

The suspect then identified First Coast News reported that 41-year-old Vincent Siegrist may have been motivated to burn down the Jag Saloon after a recent altercation at another bar.

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