Career Goes Down in Flames
A VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER IN BERKS County, Pennsylvania, is behind bars after admitting to setting a house afire in July 2008. Kellen D. Klee, 23, had applied to be a career firefighter with the Fairfax County, Virginia, Fire and Rescue Department this past November and was facing a routine polygraph examination as part of the application process. So came clean up front and stated on his application that he had set fire to the house next door to his home four years ago.
Klee pictured at a training class this past October
(Hamburg FD website photo)
The comment that Klee allegedly made in Fairfax County was relayed Nov. 28, 2012, to state police at Reading, who had never determined what caused the 4 a.m. July 22, 2008, fire at 279 Schappell Road, the affidavit says. Trooper Michael J. Yeity investigated.
State police asked Klee to answer questions about the Fairfax County interview, and on Dec. 20, Klee provided a written statement confessing that he took fuel from his garage, splashed it on his neighbor's garage and ignited it with a cigarette lighter, the affidavit says.
Klee, who was an emergency medical technician and new Virginville firefighter in 2008, was the first to report the blaze to the 911 center and helped his fellow firefighters put it out, the affidavit says.
The fire destroyed the roof of the single-story house and the home's garage. Damage was estimated at $150,000. Unoccupied at the time of the fire, the house was owned by Bank of New York, with an address in Plano, Texas.
WPVI-TV has provided this video report:
Klee is currently free on $25,000 bond. It is safe to presume that his application with Fairfax County was rejected.
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