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Firefighter deliberately sets fires to be able to extinguish them

By Mason White 5:35 PM November 24, 2015
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By: Chan Yuan
A firefighter was arrested on a charge of arson after allegedly setting fires in order to be able to extinguish them, police in Japan said.

Inakadate police said that they have arrested 32-year-old Shota Kawasaki, after being accused of setting multiple fires so he would be able to extinguish them, causing thousands of dollars in damages.

According to the police investigation, on Friday around 4:30 a.m., residents noticed smoke coming from a warehouse and called for help.

Members of the volunteer fire department rushed to the scene including Kawasaki who lived just several houses away.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire, but the roof of the warehouse was damaged.

After the incident, police reviewed surveillance cameras, which showed Kawasaki dumping flammable material on the floor of the warehouse about 15 minutes before the fire broke out.

A spokesperson for the fire department described Kawasaki’s actions as unbelievable. Police said that Kawasaki is suspected to have been behind numerous suspicious fires over the past few months.