A young volunteer firefighter is facing arson charges for multiple fires across Tama County. A series of grass fires and fires that damaged three vacant buildings had baffled investigators for months.

They suspected arson, but were no doubt surprised to discover the person suspected of starting the fires is a volunteer firefighter in Tama. Eighteen-year-old Justin Anderson, a high school senior, has been charged with seven counts of arson. He’s the son of the long-time Tama Fire Chief, Ron Anderson.

The Tama County Sheriff’s office reports, even though the homes set on fire were vacant, Justin Anderson placed the lives of others, including his fellow firefighters, in danger.