Former volunteer firefighter arrested for arson
BATON ROUGE - A former volunteer firefighter faces four counts of simple arson in connection with fires that investigators say were intentionally set in a wooded area just south of DeRidder in 2012 and 2013.
Beauregard Parish sheriff's deputies arrested 26-year-old Brandon Harris, of Longville, Tuesday after a month-long investigation by the district attorney's office and the state Department of Agriculture and Forestry.
Investigators say Harris admitted that while working with the Beauregard Parish District 2 Broad Land Substation he set four wildfires for the purpose of receiving money for fire call outs and for the thrill of fighting fires.
Authorities say 17 acres and an estimated $12,500 worth of timber were damaged by the fires.
Harris was booked into the Beauregard Parish Jail. Bond was set at $60,000.
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