Minnesota firefighter arrested for brush fire arson

John Berken

John Berkin, a 40-year old firefighter from Columbus, Minnesota, is in custody charged with setting a 1,500-acre vegetation fire in the north metro area near Minneapolis.  The fire started Monday at around 2 p.m. in the Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area and firefighters had it under control by 8 p.m.  Thirty homes were evacuated for a short time but none were damaged by the fire.  


UPDATE @ 7:35, April 8, 2009

More details have emerged about how Mr. Berkin was caught.


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