Police Charge Snake Creek, PA, Firefighter with Arson

March 31, 2024
State police investigators said Snake Creek firefighter James Heaman admitted that he set fire in the vacant home before responding to the fire.

Police charged a Snake Creek firefighter with arson in connection with a February fire in a vacant Liberty Township home.

James Heaman, 20, admitted to Pennsylvania State Police investigators that he set fire to the vacant home on Feb. 27, when he met with them at a police barracks.

He told them he entered the home and dropped a match, which sparked the fire which gutted the vacant home, according to WBNG.com.

Officials said Heaman, 20, was a volunteer firefighter with the Snake Creek Fire Department and responded to the fire after picking up his gear at the fire station.

Heaman faces charges including arson, aggravated arson, causing catastrophe, criminal contempt, criminal trespassing, criminal mischief and risking catastrophe. 


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