WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL)— A former Texoma volunteer firefighter who was released on parole last April after serving most of his 10-year sentence for arson causing bodily injury has been charged with burglarizing the Cameron Gardens volunteer fire department.
Kyle Harmon, 36, whose father was the Cameron Gardens fire chief when Harmon was arrested in 2010 for the arsons, was booked into jail Tuesday. The affidavit alleges that about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday Wichita County deputies were notified of a burglary in progress at the fire station on FM 1740.
The suspect was seen leaving in a white 2003 Ford crew cab pickup. A deputy in route spotted the truck at MLK Boulevard and Jefferson road. Another deputy saw the truck pulling in front of him on MLK and turned on his siren and pulled it over.
The driver was identified as Kyle Harmon and he and another male passenger were detained. The passenger was released at the scene and has not been charged.
The Cameron Gardens fire chief was called to the scene and told deputies he had a video of Harmon entering the fire station on November 8 and again on November 10. He said the video showed him taking a gas can needed to operate a pump on a brush truck. The chief also said Harmon had previously been barred from entering the fire station.
Prior to Harmon’s arrest in September of 2010, firefighters and residents had been plagued with one fire after another in the FM 171 area for years.
Authorities said Harmon admitted setting about three dozen fires in three years, including one fire that severely burned firefighter Dwight Murphy in 2005.
Investigators suspected Harmon could have been responsible for scores of other fires over several years.
Harmon was convicted of arson causing bodily injury or death and sentenced to 10 years in prison. He was denied parole in 2016 because authorities said he posed a threat to public safety if released and because of his record of excessive substance abuse.
Parole was granted to Harmon last April.