MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- A group of Muskegon County fire investigators are receiving recognition for their work to bring an arsonist to justice.
Earlier this year, a jury found Gerald Singer guilty in an arson-for-profit scheme in the Muskegon area. Singer set fire to several buildings he owned to collect insurance payouts.
The team that investigated the Singer case includes Muskegon Heights Fire Chief Chris Dean. Part of the reason why they are being recognized is that this is Michigan Arson Awareness Week
"The arsonist who did this scammed insurance companies and affected everybody's insurance in the state of Michigan. They worked together and put him behind bars," says "Lori Conarton with the Insurance Institute of Michigan.
Singer will be sentenced in August. There were 782 residential arson fires last year in Michigan, resulting in $10,000,000 in property loss.