Police: Wannabe weatherman set fire to gain Facebook views
The search is on for a man in a dark blue SUV last seen where a handful of fires began in Georgia. Authorities in North Carolina suspect arson in more than 20 wildfires burning in a national forest. And in Kentucky, a wannabe weatherman faces an arson charge after police said he admitted starting a fire to draw attention to his Facebook selfie videos.
“It’s really too bad because he’s not a bad kid — he’s just misguided,” Jenkins Police Chief James Stephens said Friday after Johnny Mullins, 21, who was jailed this week on a second-degree arson charge.
“He likes to do Facebook videos and have people follow him on his ‘weather forecast,’ so that’s pretty much why he did what he did,” the chief said.
No arrests were announced in most of the rest of the suspicious fires, which have been torching forests in and around the southern Appalachian mountains.