FLINT, Mich. — The fire chief for the City of Flint is warning arsonists about the serious punishment they could face for burning down homes and buildings.
Chief David Cox Junior says the department typically sees a jump in fires during the warm summer months. Cox wants arsonists to know they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. If a firefighter or anyone dies because of arson they could face homicide charges.
The chief says most of the arson fires the department extinguishes are at vacant homes and wants the public’s help to put a stop to the crime. “If you see vacant property close to your home, just keep an eye on it for us and eventually we’ll get around to getting it boarded up or torn down,” said Cox.