NC volunteer firefighters accused of arson appear in court

NC volunteer firefighters accused of arson appear in court
(Source: WNCN)
The judge gave all eight in court Wednesday a $100,000 bond, except for two of the suspects – one who served as a Maxton police officer and a second who was a corrections officer.  (Source: WNCN)
The judge gave all eight in court Wednesday a $100,000 bond, except for two of the suspects – one who served as a Maxton police officer and a second who was a corrections officer.  (Source: WNCN)

LUMBERTON, NC (WNCN) - Some of the Robeson County volunteer firefighters charged with arson have bonded out of jail, but still had to come to court on Wednesday.

They all walked calmly with their families into the courthouse, but when they walked out they were anything but.

The volunteer firefighters were covering their faces and putting their hands in front of the camera while shouting.

A family member even shoved the camera as they walked out of the courtroom.

A total of six suspects posted bond and were able to leave following the hearing.

Two others were still in orange jumpsuits and handcuffs when they faced a judge.

The judge gave all eight in court Wednesday a $100,000 bond, except for two of the suspects – one who served as a Maxton police officer and a second who was a corrections officer.

They received a $200,000 bond.

But they still gave no explanation why this all happened.

District Attorney Johnson Britt says there may have been a reason.

"These firefighters go through extensive training and when you're young, you're gung ho and you decide I wanna go fight a fire and you don't have one to fight so they create it and they create another one and another one and that appears to be a situation in this case," Britt said.

The volunteer firefighters worked at the Orrum and Fairmont fire departments and are accused of setting fires at abandoned homes and setting brush fires.

They all face up to three years in prison.

The judge set the next court date for them on Aug. 1.