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Volunteer firefighter gets prison time for tire fire

Posted April 1, 2011 3:10 p.m. EDT

— A Columbus County firefighter was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison for setting fire to a tire store in September 2009, federal authorities said.

Daniel Wayne Scott, 20, of Chadbourn, also was ordered to pay $1.5 million in restitution.

Scott, Michael Cody Clamp, 19, and Richard Blake Turner, 21, set fire to a Carolina Tire store in Chadbourn on Sept. 21, 2009, so that Scott could earn some extra money, federal prosecutors said. He was a volunteer with the Klondyke-Chadbourn Fire & Rescue Department.

Scott climbed into the building through a broken window, splashed a flammable liquid on some tires and started the fire, prosecutors said.

About 30,000 tires were inside the store, and the fire burned for four days. About 150 firefighters from 36 fire departments battled the fire.

Turner pleaded guilty in October to aiding and abetting arson, and he was sentenced to 42 months in prison and ordered to pay more than $1.6 million in restitution.

Clamp pleaded guilty in January to aiding and abetting arson. He will be sentenced later.