Elloree volunteer firefighter charged with arson

ST. MATHEWS, SC - ST. MATTHEWS, S.C. (AP) - Authorities say a South Carolina volunteer firefighter has been charged with arson for setting a series of grass fires.

Calhoun County Sheriff Thomas Summers said 19-year-old James Cooke of Elloree was arrested on Tuesday and charged with third-degree arson after the latest fire was reported.

Summers says the county has seen a number of grass fires in the last few weeks, including a blaze on March 15 that spread to a barn and destroyed it,

The sheriff says Cooke was a member of the Fort Motte Volunteer Fire Department.

It wasn't immediately clear if Cooke has an attorney.

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