Firefighter in US sets blazes to get paid for putting them out

A North Carolina firefighter has pleaded guilty to setting fires so he could put them out.

Raymond Swayney, 31, set fire to lands in an Indian reservation belonging to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

He set seven fires between March 2010 and February 2014 so he could get paid to put them out, CNN reported.

As a temporary fireman, Swayney was paid by the hour for fighting the fire, and post-fire maintenance of trucks and equipment.

According to court documents, Swayney and others destroyed more than 170ha of tribal lands, and the fires cost more than US$106,000 (S$150,000) to extinguish.

He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to set a timber fire and to defraud the United States.