Man posing as firefighter arrested for starting fires

Police found gas cans, a firefighter's hat and vests inside the man's car


ABC7 Chicago

GARY, Ind. — Gary police took a 22-year-old man into custody in connection with a fire at a vacant building. Police said he falsely identified himself as a Gary firefighter.

A fire broke out at an abandoned building near East 17th Avenue and Maryland Street early Tuesday morning. "The blaze was ridiculous. It didn't look like someone set the fire. It looked like somebody bombed the place," Julian Miles, Gary resident, said.

Gary police are questioning a man after finding suspicious items in his vehicle at the scene. "He actually came to the scene and that's how officers spotted him. He came back to watch firefighters fight the fire," Lt. Thomas Pawlak, Gary Police Department, said.

Full story: Man posing as firefighter arrested in fires at vacant buildings, Gary police say

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