LAFAYETTE, WALKER COUNTY (WRCB) - UPDATE: A 32 year old LaFayette, Georgia, volunteer fire fighter is suspected of torching dozens of vacant houses.

LaFayette Police Detective Stacy Meeks announced the arrest of Marvin Chase this afternoon. Meeks says Chase confessed to 30 arsons over a five year period.

Until recently, Chase was employed by the city's water department. Investigators say this gave him access to information regarding utility shut-offs.

They believe the motive for setting fires was money. As a volunteer, Chase received a stipend for every fire he helped fight.

Detectives say Chase was often the first on the scene responding to fires that he's now accused of setting.


LAFAYETTE, WALKER COUNTY (WRCB) – Investigators confirmed to Channel 3 Eyewitness News that a volunteer firefighter has confessed to a series of arsons.

Detectives with LaFayette Police Department, GA State Fire Marshal's office & ATF are currently interrogating Marvin Chase.

Lafayette Police confirm the Chase has confessed to setting at least 20 fires in the city over the past five years.

Chase has been formally charged with one count of arson, but numerous criminal charges are expected to be in the near future.