Surprise Suspects in Arsons: Volunteer Firefighters

They allegedly set fires deliberately in NC in woods, abandoned buildings
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2018 12:40 PM CDT
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(Newser) – They volunteered to fight fires, but authorities say they were also purposely setting fires over a period of almost two years. After a tip led to a yearlong investigation, 10 volunteer firefighters in North Carolina's Robeson County were arrested Tuesday and charged with arson and related crimes, ABC 11 reports. So far there are 90 charges involved in the case, which involves firefighters from the Fairmont Rural Fire Department and the Orrum Fire Department, and officials say more charges are expected and more arrests could be made.

"I don't understand that. I mean, the job might be boring at times, but you don't go creating fires just to have something to put out," a local, who lives near the Fairmont firehouse, tells WRAL. The firefighters are accused of setting fires in woods and at abandoned structures; WRAL and ABC 11 both have the names of those accused—among them are a police officer and a Department of Corrections officer—and specific charges. Authorities say the alleged crimes cost taxpayers thousands of dollars. (Read more arson stories.)

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