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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  • by patricia Location: prestonsburg on Nov 14, 2008 at 03:34 PM
    Well!!! if he was only getting minimum wage,Why not just quit and go to work somewhere else, Why put peoples homes and property at stake.He did the crime so he should do the time.
  • by anonymous Location: ky on Nov 14, 2008 at 07:56 AM
    I think that they should be paid more than minimum wage, but they are paid when there is not a fire. They are on stand by on days when there is threats of fire. You should never expect someone to intentionally start a fire. If he was unhappy with the pay or his job he should have found another one.
  • by Dollars and Sense on Nov 14, 2008 at 07:17 AM
    Maybe if we can get Ted Turner to invest some of his billions into economically deprived eastern Kentucky instead of Montana, folks wouldn't destroy valuable natural resources that could provided millions of dollars in income for owners in the future for minimum wage today.
  • by rachel on Nov 14, 2008 at 07:08 AM
    They just need work during these republican depressed economic times.
  • by Fogy Yogi on Nov 13, 2008 at 05:29 PM
    Hey Mr. Ranger sir all I wanted was a PicAncik baskettt. Yay hey hey
  • by Ted Turner Location: ATL on Nov 13, 2008 at 03:30 PM
    What do you expect when you pay someone minimum wage and only let them work when there's a fire?

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