Volunteer firefighter pleads guilty to arson charge

Volunteer firefighter pleads guilty to arson charge

Nathaniel Bartholomew

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by KTVB

KTVB.COM

Posted on January 11, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 11 at 10:58 PM

BOISE -- A volunteer firefighter accused of intentionally starting a wildfire near Robie Creek last September has pleaded guilty to an arson charge.

Boise County prosecutors say 19-year-old Nathaniel Bartholomew pleaded guilty Thursday to third-degree arson. He will be sentenced on March 14.

Fire investigators say Bartholomew started the Karney Fire on Sept. 17, 2012.  The fire destroyed one home, threatened around 100 others and burned for several days. It cost more than $2 million to fight.

Bartholomew was a volunteer firefighter with the Clear Creek Fire Department. Witnesses told police they saw him in the area where the fire started. Deputies arrested Bartholomew as he was fighting the Karney Fire.

Boise County Chief Deputy Dale Rogers told KTVB that during questioning Bartholomew confessed to starting the fire. He said the motive was to get the attention of his father, who is also a firefighter.

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