Teen says ‘unhealthy liking for fire’ consumes him 

A Redwood City teenager told cops he had an “unhealthy liking for fire” after being charged with lighting three blazes at a local high school last year, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Jeremy James Shepherd, 19, was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday for superior court arraignment on the felony arson charge, Wagstaffe said.

Shepherd and two juveniles were allegedly caught on surveillance cameras setting fires at Roosevelt High School on March 27.

One of the fires was set near the school gymnasium and caused “the wood frame to the gym door to be consumed by the fire,” Wagstaffe said.

Shepherd, who had attended Woodside High School, is out of custody on $50,000 bail.

Shepherd “has a self-described ‘unhealthy liking for fire,’” Wagstaffe said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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