Aussie Arson Suspect Was Volunteer Firefighter

He's accused of lighting a fire that killed 21 people
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Feb 16, 2009 3:39 AM CST

(Newser) – The first suspect to be charged in one of the Australian blazes that killed as many as 300 people has been identified as a 39-year-old volunteer firefighter, reports the Times of London. He's accused of igniting a fire that killed 21 people 100 miles east of Melbourne. The suspect's identity had not been released earlier due to fears for his safety. Officials suspect at least one other case of arson in the fires that seared through thousands of acres.