DC firefighter arrested for igniting his own vehicle

LARGO, Md. (WUSA9) -- A DC firefighter is charged with second degree arson after lighting his own car on fire.

Officials responded to a car fire on Farmingdale Avenue in Capitol Heights, Md. on Jan. 23 at 11:45 p.m. Investigation revealed the 2006 Dodge Charger belonged to Marcus Anthony Jackson of the District of Columbia Fire/EMS Department.

Jackson told investigators he parked his car at the corner of Georgia Avenue and Van Buren Street in Northwest Washington at 10:30 p.m. that night and when he awoke at 11 a.m. the next day he discovered his car was missing, officials say.

Jackson called his insurance company and filed a report with DC police, officials say.

During the investigation, phone records obtained for Jackson reveal calls made in the immediate area of the vehicle fire 13 minutes prior to it being discovered.

In addition to arson, Jackson is charged with burning with intent to defraud.


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