Local volunteer firefighter charged with purposely starting building fire

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on August 5, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 5 at 9:32 PM

(KMOV) – A volunteer firefighter with the Old Monroe Fire Protection District faces charges after he is accused of setting fire to a building on purpose on Saturday.

Dustin Grigsby, 19, was charged with second-degree arson.

According to authorities, the Old Monroe Fire Protection District responded to a detached garage fire in the 100 block of First St.

The cause of the fire went undetermined until a nearby business owner reviewed security footage and saw the blaze may have started by an arsonist.

The footage showed Grigsby pulling next to the garage in a white 1990’s Chevrolet Lumina. He then got out of the vehicle and walked into the garage.

The surveillance video showed minutes after Grigsby left, the building was fully engulfed in flames.

Investigators traced the vehicle back to Grigsby, who admitted to investigators he started the fire.

Grigsby was later identified as volunteer firefighter with the Old Monroe Fire Protection District.

“We pride ourselves in helping members of our community. Mr. Grigsby is accused of a crime and will be brought to justice,” said Old Monroe Fire Chief Chris Blevins. I dismissed him from his duties effective the minute he was charged.”

The Lincoln County Arson Task Force has been investigating up to 14 suspicious structure fires near Old Monroe this year.

Officials said that’s a highly unusual number of fires for this relatively quiet district.

“Over the past several months my office has received multiple community tips regarding criminal activity,” said Sheriff John Cottle. “We appreciate the help from our citizens leading to the arrest of the suspect.”

Grigsby did not admit to causing the other fires and the investigation is still ongoing.

 

He remains at the Lincoln County Jail on a $50,000 cash only bond.

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