Son of former mayor sets 18 fires including to railway bridge while working as a firefighter

Lawson Michael Schalm 
By: Feng Qian

(Scroll down for video) A firefighter was arrested after an investigation revealed that he was behind at least 18 fires in Canada.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) arrested 19-year-old Lawson Michael Schalm of Mayerthorpe.

He was charged with 18 counts of arson. Schalm has been working as a firefighter since he was 15 years old.

Police began an investigation after several fires were started deliberately. One of the fires destroyed the National Rail Trestle Bridge in Edmonton.

Fire chief Randy Schroeder said his department is shocked by the arrest. He said that Schalm was actively fighting five of the fires that he is accused of starting and he was a bystander at four of them.

His father Albert Schalm, who is the former mayor of Mayerthorpe, said that he was in total shock when he learned of his son’s arrest through social media.