September 2, 2014

Volunteer firefighter charged with setting fires

A volunteer firefighter faces arson charges after investigators accused him of starting several woods fires in Sumter County.

South Carolina Forestry Commission officials said Thursday they has charged 20-year-old Jordan Baird with two counts of woods arson. Five additional charges of making false calls/improper use of 911 have been filed by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. 
 
Forestry Commission Law Enforcement Chief David West says the arson cases occurred on two occasions in mid-to-late March. West sauid Baird used a lighter in his truck to ignite pinestraw and other vegetative materials, called the fire department via 911, and then eventually “responded” to the fires himself.

West said Baird had confessed to setting the fires. The agency said the fires were set near 80 Biddle Road and at the intersection of Browntown and Leonard Brown roads in Sumter County. Both locations are roughly two miles north of Oswego.