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Volunteer firefighter pleads guilty to setting tire fire

Posted January 12, 2011 1:40 p.m. EST

— A Columbus County firefighter and another man pleaded guilty Wednesday to setting fire to a tire store in September 2009, federal authorities said.

Daniel Wayne Scott, 20, and Michael Cody Clamp, 19, both of Chadbourne, pleaded guilty in federal court in Greenville to aiding and abetting arson. They will be sentenced later.

Scott, Clamp 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. Scott 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 is scheduled to be sentenced next month.