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West Virginia firefighter charged with setting fire to home

January 30, 2019

BRAMWELL, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia firefighter has been charged with intentionally setting fire to a home last month.

The West Virginia fire marshal’s office said Tuesday that 26-year-old Aaron B. Burkett was charged with first-degree arson and conspiracy in connection with a Dec. 7 fire at a home in Bramwell in Mercer County.

Burkett was arraigned in Mercer County Magistrate Court and released on bond. There was no phone listed in his name online, and it wasn’t immediately clear whether he has a lawyer who could comment on his behalf.

The fire marshal’s office said the investigation is unrelated to recent arson arrests in McDowell County. In that case, four firefighters were charged with first-degree arson and conspiracy in connection with a series of blazes set over a two-month period last year.

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