D.C. firefighter Marcus Jackson admits to setting own car on fire

(WJLA) - D.C. firefighter Marcus Jackson, 27, works out of Engine 4 in Northwest and is paid to put out fires. But this eight-year veteran has been charged with setting his own car ablaze on this dead-end street in Prince George’s County.

According to this arrest warrant, Jackson reported to his insurance company that his 2006 Dodge Charger went missing near his District home in late January. But police say that on the night prior to that call, Jackson’s car erupted in flames off Farmingdale Avenue in Capitol Heights, Maryland.

Investigators used phone records to ultimately determine that Jackson was in fact near the crime scene “…approximately 13 minutes prior to the fire being discovered."

In a follow-up interview this week, Jackson admitted that “he poured gasoline on the seats and ignited the car with a match, then fled."

He also confessed that the car had a lot of mechanical problems and was looking for a quick fix to get some extra money.

"Wow…I am shocked -- that is crazy," says P.G. County resident Cheryl Taylor, who lives near the scene of the car fire. "The people that we trust to look out for us and put out fires in our neighborhood are starting fires. Oh my God, I'm floored."

Taylor is troubled by the allegations and disappointed after hearing that more than a dozen D.C. Fire Department employees have been arrested in the last six months:

"I just think they need to do a better job of background checks on people and do periodic checks because you just don't know what to expect."