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Firefighter charged with setting tire fire

Posted October 13, 2009

— A Columbus County firefighter and two other men have been charged with setting fire to a tire store last month, authorities said Tuesday.

Daniel Wayne Scott, 19, a volunteer with the Klondyke-Chadbourn Fire & Rescue Department, was charged with arson resulting in serious injury and conspiracy to commit arson. His stepbrother, Michael Cody Clamp, 18, and a third man, Richard Blake Turner, 20, also have been charged in the case.

A Carolina Tire store in Chadbourn went up in flames on Sept. 21 and burned for four days. An estimated 30,000 tires were in the store at the time, and 150 firefighters from 36 fire departments battled the fire.

One firefighter broke his ankle during the incident, another suffered a heat-related injury and two had minor cuts, authorities said.

Scott, who was among the firefighters who battled the blaze, and Clamp were being held Tuesday in the Columbus County Jail under $1 million bonds. Turner was being held under a $2 million bond.


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  • ContinuityMan Oct 14, 2009

    This happens more often than you'd think. There are a lot of pyros who become firemen so they can watch things burn. You'd think that there'd be some sort of psychological screening for this.

    One pyro/firemen set a fire in New York about 30 years ago in a warehouse used by the local county. Priceless paper records that when back all the way to the Dutch settlers of the 1630s were destroyed so this psycho could get his jollies.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Oct 14, 2009

    SE7ENTY, you took the words out of my mouth. This does happen a lot. Volunteer Fire Fighters work in departments that get very little "action". Some of these guys volunteer for the thrill of the job. It gives them a feeling of satisfaction and feeds their need to be "macho"(to use an old term). When their little Volunteer Fire Department doesn't receive many calls, they get restless for action. And once in a while someone decides to create their own action so they can be one of the heros. I've read many stories of this happening across the country.

  • fourfivesix Oct 14, 2009

    there are many cases of firefighters, especially volunteer ones, who set fires so that they can fight them. that's the reason they sign up. unfortunately i'm not surprised that it was a vfd who set it.

  • exwife1956 Oct 13, 2009

    Why didn't he set his own house on fire? Why destroy something that belongs to someone else? He must have a boring life if he has nothing else to do but set stores on fire.

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  • whocares Oct 13, 2009

    He must not have a job other than being a volunteer fireman because if he did he wouldn't have time to think up something like this.

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  • jwilliams79 Oct 13, 2009

    FIRE !

  • garden Oct 13, 2009

    Wow! What is wrong with those boys?

  • Oct 13, 2009

    What were these guys thinking? Evidently, they weren't. What a shame.