Southgate firefighter charged

Posted by Trina Kinstler - email

SOUTHGATE, KY (FOX190 -- A Southgate volunteer firefighter is facing charges in connection with an arson fire.

Brandon Holland, 20, is charged with unlawful transaction with a minor.

Investigators say he bought a lighter for a teenager who used it to start the fire last Tuesday morning on Walnut Street.

The teenager is a juvenile member of Southgate's Firefighter Explorer's program. He hasn't been arrested.

The building had no value and was being used by the department for training.

Firefighter Michael Rath was treated at a hospital for heat exhaustion after the building went up in flames early Tuesday.

Beatsch called the setting of the fire "a stupid criminal act."

The Associated Press contributed to this report