Arson Suspect Tried to Become a Volunteer Firefighter, Records Show
Three arrests were made in the arson case in Citra and more information about those accused is coming to light.
Kenneth Beare, Ketrina Cron and a juvenile were arrested yesterday for burning four mobile homes to the ground.
Officials at the State Fire Marshal's Office did say in 1992, Beare took the basic test to be a certified volunteer firefighter but didn't pass.
However, Beare went to prison from 1998-2002 for four counts of arson.
Neighbors say Beare served as a volunteer firefighter for the Citra Fire Department before it was dissolved.
"He would go out and set fires and then he would call the fire department and help them put them out. And that's what he served time for," said Pearl Floyd, daughter of arson victim.
Marion County Fire Rescue says Beare applied to volunteer there in November of 1994.
His application was denied and no reason was given.
Beare, Cron and the juvenile are being charged with arson and burglary of an unoccupied dwelling.
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