Italy arrests 15 firefighters for setting own firesStaff Writer | August 7, 2017
Italian police said that 15 volunteer firefighters have been arrested in Sicily on suspicions they deliberately set blazes and reported fake fires to earn about $12 an hour.
Europe Davide De Vita is being held under house arrest
The brigade's commander - Davide De Vita - is being held under house arrest because he is suspected of continuing to set fires even after others in the team stopped.
Other members have since admitted to calling emergency services and getting friends or relatives to do the same in order to get called out to respond.
Italian investigators said private phone calls of the team members were recorded as part of the investigation. Most team members are being investigated for fraud, while a few are suspected of arson. ■