Important People in American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land

Monica Hesse
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Charlie Smith

Charlie Smith grew up in Accomack, but his father abandoned their family when Charlie was only an infant. Though Charlie's mother remarried a man named George Applegate, Charlie never felt like he belonged. George taught Charlie to fix cars, and Charlie quickly became more skilled than George. Aside from fixing cars, Charlie's one other talent in life was fighting fires. He began to volunteer with the fire department in high school, and continued throughout much of his life. In the fire department, Charlie was many times a hero who worked closely with Beall.

Though Charlie had constantly caused trouble in school and around his community, he always owned up to it and was known for doing so. He smoked marijuana heavily in school, and began to do cocaine as he got older. When he lived with his uncle, he even forged a number of checks in...

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