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Man charged with impersonating firefighter

Posted January 15, 2009

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— Cumberland County arson investigators on Thursday charged a Hope Mills man with impersonating a firefighter.

Malcolm Thompson, 17, of 2410 John Smith Road, was at the scene of a Dec. 17 fire that destroyed the clubhouse at Fantasy Lake Water Park, authorities said.

Firefighters told investigators Thompson was impeding their efforts to control the fire by questioning them about fire-suppression activities. Authorities said he also was dressed in firefighter turnout gear and attempted to assist in the firefighting effort.

The State Bureau of Investigation ruled that the fire was set. No charges have been filed in the case.


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  • Gnathostomata Jan 16, 2009

    Tell him to stay out of NJ; they don't like impersonators there.

  • leo-nc Jan 16, 2009

    No harm possibly, unless he's the one who set the fire.

  • scarletindurham Jan 16, 2009

    I don't think he meant any harm by it.

  • Quagmire Jan 16, 2009

    Maybe his superman costume was at the cleaners.

  • TStills Jan 16, 2009

    Perhaps he stayed at a Holiday Inn Express the night before?

  • jbirdnc Jan 16, 2009

    Looks like a good kid. Still might want to check if he has a lighter in his pocket. :-/