Table Rock Fire Suspect Identified
The 19-year-old man claims the wind blew over the illegal fire that sparked the blaze that scored Table Rock earlier this summer.
UPDATE 4:07 p.m.: KTVB's Morgan Boydston talked to Kemp before the 4 p.m. broadcast and he tells her that he is innocent. According to the newscast, Kemp felt pressured by Ada County Sheriff's officials during his second interview. He said he had been shooting off fireworks in a completely different area in the days leading up to the Table Rock Fire. They'll have more with Kemp during tonight's 10 p.m. broadcast. He wants the family who's home was destroyed to know that he wasn't the source of the fire after all.
Channel 2 reports that Taylor Kemp admitted to the Ada County Sheriff's office that he had been in the foothills lighting off roman candles around the time the fire began on June 29th. According to that confession, Kemp was lighting the fireworks off near the gate at the Treasure Valley landmark when the high winds that evening blew it over.
If Kemp's name sounds familiar, it's likely because he was the "eye witness" that told KTVB about a group of kids setting off fireworks while he was up at Table Rock taking photos of an approaching storm. It wasn't until his second interview with the Ada County Sheriff's Department that Kemp admitted to actually being the person setting off the fireworks.
According to KTVB, Kemp could face six months in jail and a $1,000 fine for violating the the county code that bans fireworks in the foothills from early June through Halloween.
The city will likely seek restitution for the man power it took to extinguish the blaze. That alone cost about $150,000.