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Ash Fork Firefighter Arrested For Setting Multiple Fires In And Around Ash Fork

Yavapai County and Coconino County sheriff’s deputies have arrested an Ash Fork firefighter on multiple charges of arson. Law enforcement officials have been searching for a suspect who reportedly set fires around the Ash Fork area over the last few months. Finally, detectives were able to tie a small fire Thursday to 18-year-old Karson Nutter, who is an Ash Fork firefighter. Since June 15th, there have been four structure fires and four wildfires all linked to arson. During the early investigation interviews, deputies noted deceptive and misleading information in the statements from Nutter. Thursday evening, deputies from both departments interviewed Nutter again. This time they obtained a full confession from Nutter and his direct involvement with setting at least seven of the eight arson events, including three-to-four in Yavapai County. Those fires were two separate fires set to the Mobile station in Ash Fork and two separate fires set to the county-owned cemetary in Ash Fork. In Coconino County, two abandoned homes burned down in Kaibab Estates West and two wildfires were started on Forest Service Road 124. During his confession, Nutter stated his motives in setting the fires ranged from boredom, retaliation against a former employer, chasing a thrill and setting fires to some abandoned homes because they were “ugly.” Nutter has been booked into the YCSO Detention Center on multiple charges connected to the Yavapai County arsons. It’s anticipated Coconino County will file charges against Nutter for the fires in their county.