Suspected arsonist apologizes for setting Tempe fires

Suspected arsonist apologizes for setting Tempe fires

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TEMPE, Ariz. -

This man is accused of setting seven fires in a Tempe neighborhood all in one night. And he's telling us why.

"I was drunk and I got caught starting a couple of small bush fires," says Cody Nimrod. "After sitting in the car for two hours I blew twice the legal limit so I don't know."

The 26-year-old says he can't remember what happened after drinking all night on Mill Avenue.

"Honestly I don't remember but I started trying to walk to my buddy's house and I got cold."

He says he set two bushes on fire just to stay warm. Police say Nimrod walked around a Tempe neighborhood setting bushes, dumpsters, and a car on fire. We asked him if he likes to set fires.

"No I'm not a pyromaniac, I'm ex-military, I don't have any of this stuff."

When firefighters got there, the fires were still burning. Some had flames 20 feet high. Police say the saw Nimrod setting a fire in an alley and they stopped him. Officers say he smelled like gas and they found a gas can next to him.

"I don't have any recollection of any of this, I have never been arrested before... I don't have a record," says Nimrod.

Firefighters say the car that was set on fire was parked right next to an apartment complex. If they had gotten there seconds later, the apartments would have caught fire.

"I'm really sorry for what I know I did -- I don't know what I did do, if I did do anything past that," says Nimrod.

He was booked into the Tempe City jail on felony arson and misdemeanor reckless burning charges. He's being held on a $25,000 bond.

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