Blackhawk firefighter faces more arson charges for allegedly starting several Rockford fires

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A former Blackhawk firefighter accused of arson faces additional charges for allegedly setting several fires in Rockford.

21-year-old Brandon Cox, a former Blackhawk Fire Department firefighter, faces at total of six charges of arson for a series of fires set earlier this year.

He was initially charged with four counts for fires in Winnebago County, and he now faces two additional charges for setting fire to garages in Rockford.

Blackhawk Fire Chief Jonathan Trail says Cox was with the department for about four months.

The Blackhawk Fire Department called in the Illinois State Fire Marshal to investigate when arson was suspected.

Cox was terminated immediately once they learned of the charges against Cox on March 22nd.

Three of the alleged incidents occurred within the Blackhawk Fire Protection District.

According to the criminal complaint, on the 3rd of January, investigators believe that Cox set fire to a dumpster in the 4000 block of Prairie Road in Winnebago County.

On January 17th, the complaint alleges that Cox set fire to a utility trailer in the 1000 block of Iroquois Avenue.

Cox allegedly set fire to two trailers, on both January 27th and February 3rd, in the 1500 block of Linda Avenue.

The additional charges stem from fires set on February 28th and March 30th, to garages in the 1700 block of S. 5th Street in Rockford.

Cox faces up to 7 years in prison if convicted. He is currently lodged in the Winnebago County Jail on a $25,000 bond.

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