As wildfires continue to burn across the state of Kentucky, an arrest has been made in one fire that investigators say was intentionally set. However, the reasoning behind the fire will leave you baffled.
A wannabe weatherman was jailed for arson after admitting he started a wildfire to draw attention to his Facebook videos, his town’s police chief said Friday. Jenkins Police Chief James Stephens said 21-year-old Johnny Mullins is facing a charge of second-degree arson for the blaze in Letcher County. He said Mullins would post selfie videos on Facebook from the scene of various fires, delivering what he called a “Weather Outlook” segment for his viewers. “It’s really too bad because he’s not a bad kid — he’s just misguided.”
“He likes to do Facebook videos and have people follow him on his ‘weather forecast,’ so that’s pretty much why he did what he did,” the chief said. “He enjoyed the attention he got from the Facebook stuff. He didn’t realize how much danger he was putting other people in.”
In his last video, posted on Nov. 6, Mullins warned people in eastern Kentucky to “be extremely careful if you’re out there,” and got 2,900 views.