Union County will apply for an arson canine

Union County Emergency Services will apply for an arson canine from the ATF to serve the Charlotte area.

There are only three dogs in the state currently including, Raleigh, Wilmington and Asheville.

Monday night county commissioners approved a request by Emergency Services to make a formal application to the ATF to get a dog that could be used for the entire region, not just in Union County.

The fire marshal says the dogs aren't only used to investigate arson but accident fires as well.