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Former volunteer firefighter arrested for arson

Last Modified: Wednesday, February 05, 2014 6:13 PM

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A former volunteer firefighter has been charged with four counts of simple arson in connection with fires that investigators say were intentionally set in a wooded area just south of DeRidder in 2012 and 2013.

Brandon Harris, 26 of Longville was arrested Tuesday by the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office following a month-long investigation by the Beauregard Parish District Attorney’s Office and Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry enforcement agents.

Investigators say Harris admitted that while working as a volunteer firefighter with the Beauregard Parish District 2 Broad Land Substation, he set four wildfires in the area just south of DeRidder for the purpose of receiving money for fire call outs and for the thrill of fighting fires.

“It is extremely discouraging when someone who is supposed to be protecting lives and property, now stands accused of doing the unthinkable,” LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain said. “I want to take this opportunity to thank the many firefighters who do the right thing and who truly work to protect us.”

A total of 17 acres of land was reportedly damaged by the fires. Investigators say an estimated $12,500 worth of timber was also damaged.

Harris was booked into the Beauregard Parish Jail. His bond is set at $60,000.

Posted By: Concerned Citizen On: 2/7/2014

Title: Concerned Citizen

What about Clarence Dyson? He is the Ragley Meadow Village volunteer fire chief that stole over TEN THOUSAND dollars from his station. BPSD won't press federal charges as long as he pays five hundred dollars a month until the amount he stole is paid back. Then he lived at the station for months in a camper on our tax dollars. There is way too much covering up going on in Beauregard Parish.

Posted By: crystal bergeron On: 2/6/2014


Its sad that someone i know would do such a horrible thing . I'm ashamed of his actions , hopefully he learns his lesson and thinks twice before he hurts someone .

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