Firefighters charged with arson

February 11, 2009 4:56:07 AM PST
Two Nash County volunteer firefighters are charged in a series of fires in empty buildings over the past year.Deputies arrested 23-year-old Christopher Lee Averette and 20-year-old Christopher Wayne Finch and charged them with setting fire to an abandoned farm house on Frazier Road near Firetower Road in Bailey on December 21.

Averette is also accused of setting three other fires:

  • A building on the 6300 block of Squirrel Den Road; burned January 6, 2008.
  • A building on Stone Whitley Road near Strickland Road; burned April 12.
  • A building on the 4600 block of West Hornes Church Road; burned December 7.

Averette was released on $40,000 bond. Finch was released on $10,000.

Both men were volunteers with the Stanhope Fire Department. Detectives have not said why the men allegedly set the fires.

No one was hurt in any of the incidents.


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