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Volunteer fireman charged for setting fires

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ROBESON COUNTY, NC (WMBF) One volunteer fireman from Lumberton has been charged after witnesses saw him leaving the scene of a fire set Tuesday morning.

Arson Investigator for the Robeson County Sheriff's Office Lt. Brian Duckworth tells WMBF News that suspicions were first raised when a fireman in the area of the East Howellsville community responded to fire on Lee Britt Road and spotted 19-year-old John Fogleman leaving the scene.

The fire on Lee Britt Road was reported to a School Resource Officer by a county bus driver. The SRO called the fire department, and the fireman that arrived first saw Fogleman fleeing, Duckworth said.

Fogleman was located by deputies about 45 minutes after that fire was reported, Duckworth, said, and the sheriff's office investigation determined he may have set six fires in the area where his vehicle was last seen.

Fogleman claimed he was trying to find debris that would easily burn for a camp site.

Fogleman is a member of the Northwoods Volunteer Fire Department. He was granted a $3,000 secured bond on the six counts of setting fires to woodlands.

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