Former Fire Chief Charged in Suspicious Fire Case Speaks Out

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MISSOURI VALLEY, Iowa — A former Iowa fire chief is speaking out after being charged in connection with several suspicious fires.

Police say former Missouri Valley fire chief Johnnie Walker gave false information to state investigators. He’s charged with one count of interfering with officials acts and providing false information.

The suspicious fires date back to October of last year when a vacant home caught fire three times on the same day. The most recent happened earlier this month at another home in Missouri Valley.

A statement released by Walker says, “I would like the public to know I did not start either one of these fires. I don’t know who started these fires, at this time. I would never intentionally do anything that would be detrimental to the fire department or the community that I love.”