jennifer_carroll_10.jpgcarletha_cole_2.jpgTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Florida's fire marshal won't investigate a trash can blaze in the office of a former aide who has made misconduct allegations against Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll.


A lawyer for the fired staffer, Carletha Cole, sought the investigation of what they say was an act of arson, although another state agency decided it was an accident.

The lawyer on Monday said he now plans to ask the U.S. attorney's office to investigate.

Carroll, meanwhile, continued to deny Cole's allegations, including a claim that she saw the lieutenant governor in a “compromising position'' with another aide, Beatriz Ramos, in Carroll's Capitol office.

In an interview with 10 News in the Tampa Bay area, Carroll says that black women who look like her “don't engage in relationships like that.''