A volunteer firefighter from Indiana is facing arson-related charges in a series of fires that occurred overnight.
Jake Dougherty, 18, a volunteer with the Whiteland Fire Department, is accused of setting three homes that were under construction on fire in the early morning hours today. The three fires were among four that occurred in the Greenwood-Whiteland area overnight.
Dougherty was stopped by police this morning at about 6:30am after he was observed driving erratically. He smelled of gasoline and had dark colored soot on his skin and clothing. He was taken initially to the hospital, and thereafter brought to the police station in Franklin to be interviewed by police detectives. Thereafter he was charged with three counts of arson, operating while impaired, possession of paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and consumption of alcohol by a minor.
He has been suspended from the Whiteland Fire Department.
Here is a video footage of the aftermath of the fires.