Virginia Volunteer Firefighter Charged with Arson

A Virginia firefighter has been charged with burning his own vehicle. Matthew Christopher Bush is accused of felony arson for setting his 2021 Honda Civic on fire on August 12, 2022.

Bush is a member of the Purcellville Volunteer Fire Company, part of Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System. He joined approximately three months ago. He has been suspended from both organizations.

Sep. 16, 2022 update: The news video is no longer available. Here is a link to more about the story.

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.

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