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Five Charged with Setting Fires

Fire Chief and Two Firefighters Involved

Contact: John S. Robison, State Fire Marshal



Five people were charged with a total of twelve felonies September 15th, following the investigation of three vacant house fires in rural Chambers County.

Thomas Andrew Corley age 25, Kimberly Dawn Watts-Stell age 27, Larry Thomas Hurley age 26, William Edward Daniel age 24, and a seventeen year old juvenile were charged with the crimes and released after posting bail.  Corley is a Cusseta resident while the other four are Valley residents.


Corley was the Chief of the Cusseta Volunteer Fire Department at the time the fires were set, while Hurley and the juvenile were firefighters.  Watts-Stell and Daniel had no connection to the fire department, exception through their association with the chief and firefighters.


Corley has been charged with 3 counts of Conspiracy to Commit Arson, Hurley with 3 counts of Arson Second Degree, the juvenile with 2 counts of Arson Second Degree, Watts-Stell with 3 counts of Arson Second Degree and Daniel with 1 count of Arson Second Degree.


The fires have been under investigation by the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office and the Alabama State Fire Marshals Office since they were set July 11, July 28, and August 18, 2003.