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Home of gunman who killed local deputies destroyed by fire

A fire destroyed the Bell home of the man who shot and killed two Gilchrist County Sheriff’s deputies, before turning the gun on himself.
John Highnote’s home, which was located at 359 NW 45th Avenue in Bell, has been deemed a complete loss.
Highnote is the man responsible for the April 19 shooting deaths of Sgt. Noel Ramirez, 29, and Deputy Taylor Lindsey, 25.
According to James Campbell, Gilchrist County Fire Chief, the fire was called in to Gilchrist County 911 on Thursday, May 3 at 9:35 p.m. Arriving units found the single family home (pictured above) fully involved in flames. Fire/Rescue crews were able to put out the fire and an investigation into the origin and cause of the fire began shortly after.
“The home was believed to be unoccupied at the time of the fire,” Campbell stated.
A representative from the local utility provider confirmed the home still had active utilities and disconnected power from the home during fire suppression operations.
Officials have determined the fire started in the garage of the home where a vehicle was also located. However, the cause is still unknown.
According to Campbell, the location is still considered private property and access is prohibited.

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