Buchanan County

Volunteer firefighter faces arson charges

BUCHANAN COUNTY, Va. - A former volunteer firefighter in Southwest Virginia is now facing felony arson charges.

The Virginia Department of Forestry charged 19-year-old Shane Rife with starting the 375-acre airport mountain fire and the 65-acre spruce pine fires last month in Buchanan County.

Authorities say he was a member of the Grundy Fire Department for less than a year and is no longer a member of the department.

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