Former EMT arrested for HEMSI station fire

Former EMT arrested for HEMSI station fire

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The Madison County Sheriff's Department made an arrest on Tuesday in connection with a fire that destroyed the HEMSI station on Jeff Road on Saturday.

Sergeant Brian Chaffin said Eric Mitchell Hall is responsible for setting the HEMSI station on fire, and for other burglary crimes in the area.

Hall was a former HEMSI employee, fired in Feb. 2014 for "many events, not one specific incident," Chaffin said. Hall was a licensed EMT for two years before being terminated.

HEMSI personnel reported a burglary to their ambulance on Jan. 25 at the Jeff Road station. Officials said a bag was taken from the ambulance, which contained the crew's emergency medical supplies.

On Feb. 7, another burglary to an ambulance was reported from the station. At the time of the burglary to the ambulance, the emergency responders were called to a vehicle accident. During their call, the station house began to burn, around 2 a.m.

The investigation determined someone broke into the station house and purposefully started the fire.

Monrovia, Harvest and Toney Fire Departments responded to the fire. No HEMSI workers were at the station at the time. There were no injuries involved in the fire.

During an interview of Hall, it was determined he is responsible for similar crimes which had been committed in surrounding counties.

Contact has been made with other agencies, and they are currently investigating those cases.

Hall is currently in the Madison County Detention Facility, charged with two counts of unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle, one count of third degree burglary, and one count of second degree arson, with bonds totaling $65,000.

Officials said the building was a total loss.

The HEMSI crew will temporarily be working out of the Monrovia Volunteer Fire Station on Douglass Road.

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