Member of a Lake County fire department arrested in arson case

LAKE COUNTY — A 20-year-old member of a fire department in Lake County has been arrested for allegedly setting two fires in Yates Township.

According to a news release from the Lake County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to two separate fires Wednesday, April 27. A Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officer discovered the first fire on 80th Street. The second fire occurred a few hours later on Queens Highway, near 80th Street. 

Conservation officers and detectives from the sheriff's office questioned a 20-year-old member of a local fire department who was present at the scenes of both fires, the news release stated. The name of the local fire department was not identified.

The subject allegedly confessed to starting both fires, and law enforcement personnel took the subject into custody. The subject also had an outstanding warrant out of Newaygo County.

The Herald Review reach out to Lake County Sheriff Rich Martin, who said no other details have been released.

The subject was lodged at the Lake County Jail, and the case remains under investigation.