CLEBURNE COUNTY, AL (WBRC)
By Dixon Hayes
CLEBURNE COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - Alabama's Fire Marshal's Office is reviewing five years of unsolved fires and possible arsons in the Hollis Crossroads area following the arrests of three volunteer firemen.
Tyler Moore, Michael Campbell, and Kevin Johnson are all charged with arson. Moore is charged with three counts.
The cases stem from the fires of three buildings of which two were vacant homes and one a barn. One of the fires happened earlier this month in the Cleburne County community and opened the investigation into the others.
Hollis Crossroads VFD Fire Chief Dan Hopkins says the arrests came as a shock to the department.
"I wish there was a way that we could've detected this, had no inclination that they would've done anything like this," Hopkins told FOX6.
A fire investigator, Tom Wiggonton, tells FOX6 News his office is looking into five years worth of unsolved fires in the Hollis Crossroads area and more arrests could be forthcoming.
Chief Hopkins says if anyone in his department is taking part in this activity, he wants them out of the department and prosecuted. "Even though they're acting on their own, it's a reflection on the fire department. And I apologize to everyone if I made any mistakes in their leadership or directing them," he added.