Firefighter charged with arson after several suspicious fires

Credit: WAVY

ONLEY, Va. (WAVY) — A firefighter with Onley Fire-Rescue has been arrested and charged following an investigation into several suspicious fires.

Fire Chief Chris Davis confirmed to 10 On Your Side Thursday that Brandon Haynes was arrested and charged. Davis said the department responded to “an unusually high amount of fire-related incidents” during the winter of 2015/2016.

Chief Davis said he suspected the person(s) starting the fires was a member of the fire service, possibly his own. Virginia State Police was called in to investigate. The chief confirmed none of the fires were occupied structures; they involved abandoned homes, buildings, cars and hay.

Haynes has been charged with one count of arson, for a February 2 fire. Chief Davis said he believes there will be additional arrests, involving junior members of his department.

In an email to 10 On Your Side, Davis stated:

It goes without saying that we are hurt by the extremely selfish behaviors that have been exercised by these person or persons and in no way does it reflect the value system of the members of Onley Fire Rescue or the fire service as a whole.”

Haynes lived at the firehouse full-time and had been with the department for about a year and a half.


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