2 Tennesse Volunteer Firefighters Charged with Arson of Vacant Homes

November 2, 2009

Two volunteer firefighters in southeastern Tennessee have been charged with intentionally setting a vacant house on fire and then responding to it as Mowbray Mountain Volunteer firefighters.

Hamilton County investigators arrested 19-year-old George Lewis and 18-year-old William Harris on indictments charging them with aggravated arson in a June 17 fire.

Both men were released on $5,000 bonds.

A booking officer at the Hamilton County Jail and a court clerk said records do not show that the men have hired attorneys.

A Sheriff’s Department statement said the arrests stem from an investigation into a series of vacant residential arson fires. Investigators determined that after igniting the fire in June, both Lewis and Harris responded as volunteer firefighters.

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  • November 3, 2009 at 11:43 am
    WDub says:
    The arsonist, who received a 10-year prison sentence in March 2004, was Leonard Gregg, a Cibecue resident who worked as a seasonal firefighter for the tribal fire department. ... read more
  • November 3, 2009 at 11:42 am
    WDub says:
    The Rodeo-Chedasky fire in AZ that torched nearly 500,000 acres was set by a "volunteer" firefighter - From a news report: No-Fire-No-Pay is a bad bad idea... Budget cuts and ... read more
  • November 2, 2009 at 4:02 am
    Obbop says:
    Several volunteer fire fighters at various times in various states have been caught setting fires. Those volunteers tended to be of the type that are paid form each fire they ... read more

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