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Volunteer firefighter accused of arson

(SOURCE: SCSO) (SOURCE: SCSO)
COLT, AR (WMC) -

A Mid-South firefighter is suspected of setting several fires himself.

One family had just moved out of a house that investigators said was intentionally set on fire by a Colt volunteer firefighter. It's one of five blazes he is suspected of setting.

"I'm very shocked," Heather Hatcher said. "Anybody who likes to put out fires should not start them."

Hatcher is a Colt resident and is surprised to hear of a local firefighter being accused of intentionally setting fires.

Aaron Jimmy Carter, 19, is a former Colt Volunteer firefighter and a Cross County deputy jailer. He is charged with setting a fire that burned a home May 1.

"We've had suspicions for a couple of months who it might be and this latest fire we had May 1, we had enough evidence and we called the state police," Fire Chief Jim Haynes said.

The Fire Chief said the May 1 fire was set when an accelerant was thrown on the couch. He said Carter was the first firefighter on the scene. 

He said there have been several other suspicious fires that Carter may have set. 

The first suspicious fire was at an unoccupied mobile home January 1.

"It's scary," Colt resident Debbie Heath said. "I mean the house is right there by us. It could have got on our house."

Even scarier, Debbie Heath and Doug Johnson said Carter had been in their home. Johnson's grandchildren know him.

"It kind of bothers me," Johnson said. "It really does. I'm glad he's caught."

The fire chief said Carter could be charged in four of the other arsons. Those cases are still under investigation.

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