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    What are these guys thinking?!?!?! Will this ever stop?

    Volunteer firefighter arrested for allegedly setting at least 40 fires
    By The Associated Press

    (6/17/03 - DALLAS) — A volunteer firefighter has been arrested on an arson charge for alleged involvement in more than 40 Dallas-area fires since April, officials said.

    Ernest Lee Maggard III, 19, is the son of the fire chief in the Dallas-area community of Cockrell Hill.

    The newspaper reported an arrest warrant affidavit quotes Maggard as telling one witness, "I'm bored. We need to set a fire so we can put it out."

    Fires set in fields, trash bins and buildings caused minimal damage and no injuries, the newspaper reported.

    Maggard was charged with first-degree arson and released after he posted $5,000 bail.

    Cockrell Hill Fire Chief Ernie Maggard told The Dallas Morning News in Tuesday's editions that he and his son had been directed not to comment on the arrest.

    Cockrell Hill officials said their all-volunteer fire department will be investigated.

    "They'll probably look at the volunteer fire department and see if it's a systemic problem in the department or if it's an act of a renegade person or persons," said City Attorney Robert Brown.

    Brown said the younger Maggard and two other volunteer firefighters have been suspended from duty.

    Maggard is charged in a June 3 fire that a federal agent said he witnessed him set in a grassy area at the Santa Clara Catholic Church in Dallas, just outside Cockrell Hill, the affidavit said. He was also suspected in a May 26 fire that caused minor damage to a vacant house in Cockrell Hill.

    Cockrell Hill is a town of about 4,100 residents surrounded by a western portion of Dallas.
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