Cops: "Ninja" Volunteer Firefighter Started Fires in Vacant Homes

A teenage volunteer firefighter in the Philadelphia suburbs has been arrested on charges that he and another teen set fire to vacant homes so that his fire department would be called to extinguish the blazes. A crime so dumb only a Philly boy could think it up.

The teen, 19-year-old John P. Corcoran IV, had allegedly been riding around with another area 17-year-old. Once they'd spotted vacant houses, police said they'd go in and set them on fire.

Via Philly.com:

According to court records, on July 20 at 11 p.m., Corcoran and the youth were driving when they decided to set fire to a vacant house on Delmar Drive in Folcroft.

"I won't get caught, I'm Ninja," the Tinicum teen told Corcoran, according to the court documents. The teen then started a fire in the home's bathroom.

Corcoran responded with his fire department to put out two of three fires he started, raising suspicions among the team. According to the Philly.com report, the teen is being charged with "arson, reckless burning or exploding, criminal mischief, corruption of minors, reckless endangering another person, and related crimes."

He did get caught, despite being Ninja. Corcoran is being held in county jail.

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