Deputies: Former Pitt County firefighter set string of fires

POSTED: 3:14 PM Apr 25 2013   UPDATED: 8:32 PM Apr 25 2013

Pitt County deputies have charged a former volunteer firefighter, for allegedly starting a string for fires, then responding to the blazes when the 911 calls were made.

According to Sheriff Neil Elks, 20-year-old Abraham Rizek, a former firefighter for the Red Oak Volunteer Fire Department, started five fires in the area. He then allegedly returned to the scene to help put the blazes out.

Mobile home at 1504 Davenport Farm Rd., WintervilleMarch 26$3,000
Residential property at 1473 Davenport Farm RdMarch 27$20,000
Residential storage barn at 5081 U.S. 13March 29$90,000
Uninhabited residence at 3800 Macgregor Downes Rd., Falkland April 2$7,000
Vacant mobile home at 2522 Ruby Ln., WintervilleApril 5$6,000

Rizek is charged with five counts of burning an uninhabited building. According to deputies, they were able to narrow down Rizek as a suspect because he was always one of the first three people to respond to each fire. Investigators have not explained a motive.

Rizek had been with the Red Oak Volunteer Fire Department for eight months. But he was serving a one-year probation, for allegedly driving recklessly while responding to a call, according to deputies.