Three Arrested After Allegedly Setting A Fire To Give New Fireman Chance To Respond

Sac County Authorities report the arrest of a new firefighter after he allegedly conspired to set a fire just to put it out. It began when the Sac County Sheriff’s Office and Nemaha, Early and Sac City Fire Departments were dispatched to a corn crib fire northeast of Nemaha at approximately 1:28 a.m. Monday. The crib was fully engulfed when they arrived and was a total loss. The blaze, however was deemed suspicious. On Wednesday, Aug. 21, the Sheriff’s Office received information about a new member of the Nemaha Fire Department, 25-year-old Brent Alan Mack of Newell, who was the first to report to Monday’s fire. The investigation has revealed that allegedly, Mack, 18-year-old Alexander James Lilly and a 17-year-old female, both also of Newell, decided to drive around Nemaha looking for a location to start a fire for Mack to put out. Reportedly, Mack and Lilly entered the crib, attempted to set the fire several times before finally using an accelerant on the main level. Mack then reported the fire and responded to the station. Mack and Lilly were charged with second-degree arson, a class C felony, and booked into the Sac County jail on a $10,000 bond each. The juvenile female was charged with conspiracy to commit a non-forcible felony, a class D felony, and referred to the juvenile courts and then released to a parent. The Newell Police Department and Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the investigation.