Florida Man Starts a Fire So He Can Help Put it Out. Causes $500,000 in Damages.


HuffPo : Joseph Brannen, 18, is in hot water after police say he admitted he purposely started a fire at his local library, so he could help put it out. Brannen told authorities he had heard the fire call over the scanner and wanted to help fight the blaze with the equipment he purchased on eBay. 

Brannen claimed to be a professional firefighter on Facebook, where his profile stated he was employed by Hillsborough County Fire Rescue.

During a voluntary interview, the suspect admitted to starting the blaze in hopes of helping the professional firefighters, according to a release from the Hernando County Sheriff’s Dept.

Brannen was charged with second-degree arson and is being held at the Hernando County Jail on $3,000 bond. The damage from the fire is estimated to be more than $500,000.


Fake Facebook firefighters are my least favorite firefighters. Having said that, I kind of respect this move. If you want to be the best, you’ve got to beat the best. And in the world of fires, you’ve got to slay the biggest inferno if you want to play with the Ladder 49 boys. You’re never going to get to slide down 20 foot poles and ride around with a sweet Dalmatian just blowing out birthday candles. Sometimes you just have to create the big stage for yourself and seize the moment. And by that I mean, set a public library on fire and lie in the weeds with your authentic EBay fire equipment and hope to become the MVP. You miss 100% of the fires you don’t start.

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