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10 volunteer firefighters arrested for arson in West Virginia in less than 3 weeks

The firefighters come from three different counties

The video above is about the McDowell County firefighter arson case from January 17.

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Is it just bad luck or a systemic problem? Since January 17 there have been 10 volunteer firefighters in West Virginia arrested for arson. There have been three separate investigations in three different counties. The most recent arrests came today (Tuesday) in Cabell County with the charging of five–now suspended–members of Barboursville VFD..


Five volunteer firefighters in Cabell County are facing felony charges for allegedly setting fires so they could later respond to them.

All five are suspended from the Barboursville Volunteer Fire Department, according to BVFD Chief Chad Ward.

Ward tells WSAZ the fire department was made aware of the investigation in early December. That’s when “all involved parties” were suspended, pending the outcome of this investigation.

Barboursville VFD from Google Maps
On January 29 a member of Bramwell VFD in Mercer County was arrested.

The West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office announced Tuesday that a Mercer County firefighter had been arrested on charges that he intentionally set fire to a residence.

Investigators with the WVSFMO have charged Aaron B. Burkett, 26, with first-degree arson and conspiracy in connection with a fire that occurred at a dwelling on Simmons Avenue on Dec. 7, 2018 in Bramwell, investigators said.

The arrest was made by Assistant State Fire Marshal R.S. Rodes, with help from the Bramwell Volunteer Fire Department and the Bramwell Police Department. The investigation in Burkett’s case is unrelated to the one that recently resulted in arson arrests in McDowell County.

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Bramwell VFD from Google Maps

On January 17, four members of the War Fire Department in McDowell County were arrested for a series of arsons that plagued the town.


Four McDowell County firefighters have been arrested on arson charges in connection with a series of intentionally set fires in the War area that spanned several months, state fire marshals said.

Cody Patterson, 26, James Stutson, 40, Michael Click, 28, and Brandon Short, 22, have all been charged by West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office investigators with first-degree arson and conspiracy, according to a news release from the Fire Marshal’s Office.

Investigators were called to a vacant apartment fire in War on Oct. 31, 2018, where it was determined that the fire was incendiary in cause. The fire had started in the upstairs area of the apartment building and had then spread to five other buildings.

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War Fire Department from Google Maps

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