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Travis Tanner Pippin, 36, arrested in arson case as ‘Lucky’ dog saved

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — A man accused of using gasoline and setting a home on fire Tuesday was arrested as firefighters saved a dog from the residence that was engulfed in flames, according to records and officials.

Travis Tanner Pippin, 36, listed on an affidavit as a homeless Vero Beach resident, was jailed by Indian River County Sheriff’s deputies on charges including arson, resist arrest without violence, cruelty to animals and trespass on property following the incident that began about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Indian River County Fire Rescue firefighters pose with "Lucky" who they saved from burning home in the 500 block of Caribbean Circle off Old Dixie Highway Southwest on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021. In the front row are: Lt. Chris Matherly, Steve Smith and Lt. Bruce Weimann. In the second row from left to right are: Michael Duskin, Bryan Roberts and Zach Robertson

No one was injured, but the home in the 500 block of Caribbean Circle off Old Dixie Highway Southwest just north of Oslo Road was considered a total loss, Indian River County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Roger Dion has said.

Fire Rescue Lt. Chris Matherly said they could hear the dog barking inside the burning home.

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