Andrew Searle was a trained volunteer firefighter. He should have been putting out fires, but instead he was lighting them. Reporter Kristin Edge examines Searle's role in the fires, and how the young man went from firefighter to firelighter.

With a small plastic lighter in his grip, Andrew Searle went on a firelighting spree across a rural stretch of Northland countryside.

The volunteer firefighter left a trail of destruction across the landscape on Pouto Peninsula.

But it wasn't just the physical charred scars on the land and $1.4m lost in forestry production or the $642,595 it cost to extinguish the

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