Firefighters Charged With Setting Fires Intentionally

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

Two men trusted with keeping the public safe are now on the other side of the law.

Two volunteer firefighters are charged with setting several fires.

The Nash County Sheriff's Office charged Stanhope Volunteer Firefighters 23 year old Christopher Lee Averette and 20 year old Christopher Finch with burning abandoned buildings since April of last year.

Averette is charged with setting four buildings on fire. His bond was forty thousand dollars.

Finch is charged with setting one building on fire, an abandoned farmhouse. His bond was 10-thousand dollars. Both suspects have posted bond.


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  • by Coach M Location: RMT on Mar 10, 2009 at 02:37 AM
    It costs ME money to VOLUNTEER and Lekisha: If you go back and actually read what was written you will see that Greed and Need did not say they get paid to show up, someone afraid to sign their name that used "anonymous" did.
  • by Concerned Location: NC on Feb 14, 2009 at 07:43 PM
    Chris is a young man who has had a history of emotional/behavioral concerns since his was young. I am concerned that the fire department did not check out the background of this troubled young man's past. His bilogical father(married five times with a troubled history himself, sealed records as a youth,)gained custody of him as a teenager and did little to gain help for him. Knowing the history of the family, the state is lucky that no one was physically harmed. Hopefully, Chris will finally get the help that he deserves and needs.
  • by Veronica Location: Greenville on Feb 11, 2009 at 01:43 PM
    I mean I know Nash county is boring but honestly, can they find nothing better to do??
  • by Geez on Feb 11, 2009 at 10:56 AM
    I guess these guys went to the burning structures to help put out the fire? How stupidly dumb can they be? Not only do those of us who volunteer use our money to travel but the Fire/Ems Departments spend monies to train these fools!
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Feb 11, 2009 at 08:59 AM
    Just as pedophiles masquerade as Priests and Teachers, it is the same with Pyromaniacs. They tend to seek out jobs that can satisfy their urges. Volunteer Firefighters do a great service to every community in America, and they do it for FREE.
  • by HA! Location: enc on Feb 11, 2009 at 05:55 AM
    silly firemen, tricks are for kids!
  • by betty Location: cortland on Feb 11, 2009 at 05:45 AM
    To Anonymous, you need to get your facts straight. You're always putting in your two cents in without checking things out. The people on this posting board is getting annoyed with you. Maybe we should call you: Mr. Know It ALL. I think that would fit you quite well.
  • by Lekisha Location: greenville on Feb 11, 2009 at 05:42 AM
    Greeed and Need-do you know what volunteer means. You volunteer your time and talent without being paid for it.
  • by Wilma Location: you know where, WITN on Feb 11, 2009 at 05:31 AM
    Please don't let these tools be associated with the many members of the fire dept that risk their lives day in and day out to save us in our time of need. Now you CAN associate these idiots to the fact that very few people between the ages of 11-25 do anything productive in this world, besides hurting others, vandalizing, robbery, and other crimes. And yes to all, I am generalizing. When was the last time you saw an older adult doing this junk? Yup, thought so. Until laws are stiffened and somebody is made an example of, almost to excess, these idiot kids will continue to disrespect the world. Light them on fire. Then I think there would be justice.
  • by Robert Location: Greenville on Feb 11, 2009 at 04:29 AM
    To anonymous. Please tell me which vol. fire dept. pays because I have been a vol. since the early 90's and have yet to recieve a check. I guess this is just like some of your other post huh. I agree, it cost us money everytime our pager goes off, and I'm not just talking about money.
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