Officials: Ala. FFs chase after man caught setting fire to abandoned house

The Fairfield firefighters were able to catch up with the suspect and detain him until deputies arrived


Jeremy Gray
al.com

FAIRFIELD, Ala. — Fairfield firefighters chased down a 21-year-old man they spotted setting fire to the porch of an abandoned house and held him until Jefferson County deputy sheriffs arrived, authorities said.

The incident happened Wednesday about 4:40 a.m. in the 500 block of Court B.

Fairfield firefighters chased down and apprehended a man who was allegedly setting an abandoned house on fire Wednesday.
Fairfield firefighters chased down and apprehended a man who was allegedly setting an abandoned house on fire Wednesday. (Photo/Fairfield Fire and Rescue)

Sgt. Joni Money of Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office provided this account:

Deputies were called to assist firefighters who said they were returning to their station who, after extinguishing an earlier fire, noticed a fire starting inside an enclosed porch of another home.

The firefighters stopped to extinguish the new fire and found 21-year-old Christopher Ali on the porch of the abandoned home. Ali fled from the scene and the firefighters pursued. They were able to catch and detain Ali until deputies arrived.

Ali was charged with burglary and arson. His bonds total $31,000.

“This is an example of different departments working together to keep Jefferson County safe. The firefighters went above and beyond to apprehend the subject responsible for this fire and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is thankful for their assistance in solving this crime,” Money said.

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