UTSUNOMIYA, Tochigi Pref. (Kyodo) A firefighter who carried out a sustained arson campaign just so he could put the fires out again was sentenced to 13 years in prison by the Utsunomiya District Court on Tuesday .

Kazuji Kawashima, 29, a former community firefighter in Ashikaga, Tochigi Prefecture, was involved in 11 cases of arson and attempted arson in Ashikaga between September 1999 and August 2000, destroying seven buildings and damaging three others.

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