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Firefighter charged with setting woods fires

1 year 3 months 3 days ago October 16, 2015 Oct 16, 2015 Friday, October 16 2015 October 16, 2015 9:14 PM in News
Source: WBRZ

JONESBORO - Authorities arrested a man for setting a string of woods fires in 2010 and 2011.

Justin Murphy, 22, was charged with setting six fires in Jackson Parish where he was a volunteer firefighter, the Department of Agriculture and Forestry said in a news release Friday. Investigators questioned Murphy about another fire that burned 800 acres, a home and threatened other buildings and a chemical train in Bienville Parish.

Authorities said Murphy admitted to setting fires since he was paid $10 for every call out on a grass fire and $25 for each call out to a woods fire.

Thursday, the state issue a state-wide burn ban.

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