Former Forestry Firefighter Is Indicted

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

A former Pike County Division Of Forestry Firefighter is indicted and arrested on charges he deliberately set a forest fire.

Christopher Little was taken to jail when he appeared in court Thursday afternoon.

Foresters say they have proof little set the fires because they claim people saw him do it.

Rangers are outraged one of their own set fires and put people's homes and lives in danger.

Division of Forestry Officials hired Christopher Little one month ago to fight forest fires, but say on Friday, they caught the emergency fireman intentionally setting fires in Pike County.

“We don't want that to happen at all with any of our employees,” Bill Knott said.

Foresters say Little's neighbors witnessed him start a fire on the hillside in the Hellier community.

The neighbors immediately reported what they saw to police and the forestry division.

Rangers put out the flames and Little was fired immediately.

Now Little is facing more consequences.

A grand jury indicted him Thursday on felony forest fire arson charges.

He was arrested and taken to jail when he appeared in court.

“A charge of this nature, which does, which is a threat to the public safety. we take that, an extra special interest. That's much more serious,” Assistant Pile County Attorney, Tommy Chamberlin said.

Little's attorney was unavailable for comment.

His former co-workers cannot believe one of their own allegedly started a fire.

Officials say suspicious behavior should be reported, no matter who it is.

Foresters do not know why Little may have set the fires.

Another forestry firefighter, James Adam Yeager, accused of starting fires in Knox County is expected in court in Knox County on the 18th.

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