Man Arrested After Admitting to Starting Two Fires in Yates Township

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office says a 20-year-old member of a local fire department admitted to starting two fires in Yates Township Wednesday.

The first fire was discovered by a Michigan DNR conservation officer on 80th Street. The second fire was located on Queens Highway near 80th and was discovered a few hours after the initial fire.

The sheriff’s office says the subject was present at both scenes and was questioned by conservation officers and detectives. After being questioned, the subject confessed to both fires and was taken into custody.

The suspect had an outstanding warrant for his arrest out of Newaygo County. The subject was lodged in the Lake County Jail.

The incident remains under investigation.

9&10 News sat down with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Friday and will have more on this investigation on 9&10 News at 5 and 6.