A 19-year-old member of a Suginami Ward fire brigade has been arrested on suspicion of arson after a series of suspicious fires that began last month.
The man is suspected of setting fire to rubbish and buckets at a residence in Suginami on June 12. According to police investigators, the man called 119 on his mobile phone from the scene of the fire and then assisted the firemen who arrived to extinguish the blaze. Since May, a series of 10 fires at buildings, cars and rubbish dumps have erupted in the area, and almost every time the suspect happened to be on the scene to discover the flames.
Police said he has admitted to the charges, testifying, "I got into a fight with my girlfriend and did it because I was pissed off."© News reports