FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 5, 2012
Volunteer Firefighter Charged in Woods Arson
(Columbia, SC)A cooperative investigation by South Carolina Forestry Commission, the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Sumter Fire Department has resulted in multiple charges against a volunteer firefighter.
Jordan Wade Baird (DOB 6/25/1991) faces two counts of woods arson from the Forestry Commission. Five additional charges of making false calls/improper use of 911 have been filed by the Sheriff’s Office.
Forestry Commission Law Enforcement Chief David West says the arson cases occurred on two occasions in mid-to-late March, 2012. The defendant used a lighter in his truck to ignite pinestraw and other vegetative materials, called the fire department via 911, and then eventually “responded” to the fires himself.
Mr. Baird is, as of this writing, behind bars inside the Sumter-Lee County Detention Center. Chief West says the defendant has signed a written confession to the arson fires, which occurred near 80 Biddle Rd. and at the intersection of Browntown and Leonard Brown roads in Sumter County.
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