An ex-Matton firefighter and a friend have been arrested and face multiple charges after starting a February house fire while searching for buried gold.
According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Corey Welch was drinking at a bar with his friend Bryan Wendler when the two began talking about how Wendler’s deceased uncle had supposedly $20,000 worth of gold nuggets in his home, but they were never found.
The two then went to the abandoned home and began searching for the lost treasure. When they couldn’t find the items the two decided to burn the home down.
Welch called the fire into 911. Drunk, Welch got to the nearest station and was found in the driver seat. He told one firefighter that though he recently quit the department, “I’m still going out on this call.”
While on the scene, Welch almost got into a fight with a captain and had to be removed from the area by the fire chief.
At one point, Welch told Wendler to take the fall for setting the fire because Wendler had multiple warrants out and he had five kids to worry about.
They both face multiple charges including felonies.
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