Eastern Kentucky man sets wildfire to get attention on Facebook

Police say a man arrested for arson in eastern Kentucky confessed to setting a fire to draw attention to his Facebook page.          

21-year-old Johnny Mullins is facing a charge of second-degree arson for the blaze in Letcher County. Authorities say Mullins would post selfie videos on Facebook from the scene of various fires, delivering what he called a "Weather Outlook" segment for his viewers.

In his last video, posted on Nov. 6, Mullins warned people in eastern Kentucky to "be extremely careful if you're out there," and got 2,900 views.
           
Jenkins Police Chief James Stephens told The Associated Press on Friday that Mullins told him he started the fire he was charged with earlier this week "because he enjoyed the attention he got from the Facebook stuff."

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Correction (1:30 p.m.) -- A previous version of this story said Mullins was from Harlan. He is in fact from Letcher County.


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