Gironde. A 19-year-old volunteer firefighter imprisoned for around thirty fires

A 19-year-old student, volunteer firefighter in Gironde, was indicted and imprisoned this Sunday for “destruction by fire”. He is suspected of around thirty fire starts in the Médoc.

Arrested Friday morning, this young man from Lesparre-en-Médoc (Gironde) and volunteer firefighter in Soulac-sur-mer admitted “in part” his involvement during his police custody, said the public prosecutor of Bordeaux. Justice accuses him of being the cause of 31 fires between July 29 and August 21. He faces 15 years in prison.

45 gendarmes mobilized

During this summer period, around thirty fires “presenting a voluntary and criminal nature” had been observed “in a restricted geographical sector of the north of the Médoc”, in Soulac-sur-mer, Le Verdon-sur-mer, Grayant-et -l’Hôpital, Saint-Vivien-de-Médoc and Vensac, according to the prosecution. Nearly 45 gendarmes were mobilized during this period. The investigation was carried out by the research brigade of the company of Lesparre and the research section of Bordeaux.

According to the prosecution, the alleged arsonist “confirmed his confession” before the investigating judge who served him on Sunday with his indictment. He was then placed in pre-trial detention, in accordance with the requisitions of the prosecution.

The Gironde was affected this summer by two major fires, in La Teste-de Buch (7,000 hectares in July) and Landiras (13,800 hectares in July then 7,400 hectares in August after a violent resumption of fire).

Source: Le Progrès : info et actu nationale et régionale – Rhône, Loire, Ain, Haute-Loire et Jura | Le Progrès by

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