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Kentucky Volunteer Facing Arson Charges for Two Fires

A volunteer firefighter in Kentucky is facing charges that he set two recent fires. Jeffrey Knouse, a member of the Lincoln County Volunteer Fire Department, is being held in Lincoln County Regional Jail on $10,000 bond. The charges were brought by the Kentucky State Police.

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Kansas Volunteer Charged With Arson

A volunteer firefighter from Kansas has been arrested for setting two grass fires last week. Samuel Gilbert, 22, is facing two counts of arson as an investigation unfolds looking into a series of suspicious fires stretching back to 2019. Gilbert has been a member of the Riley County Fire Department since 2017.

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Indiana Firefighter Sentenced to Five Years For Arson

A volunteer firefighter from Indiana has been sentenced to 5 years in prison for setting three fires in a vacant house last year. William Andrew Desch pled guilty to three counts of arson and burglary. Desch was a member of the Hanover Township Volunteer Fire Company.

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NY Firefighter Convicted of Arson

A volunteer firefighter in New York has been convicted of burning two buildings that stood between his house and the house of his then-girl friend, so he could have a clear line of sight. Michael Watzka Jr. was convicted last week by an Ulster County jury. He was a member of the East Kingston Fire Department.

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Louisiana Firefighter Charged With Arson

A volunteer firefighter with the Longville Fire Department in Beauregard Parish has been charged with arson. Chance Felice was arrested Monday and charged with setting a fire in his own home. He is facing a single count of simple arson.

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15 Sicilian Firefighters Charged With Arson

Fifteen volunteer firefighters in Sicily have been arrested on arson charges. The firefighters from the town of Ragusa are also accused of calling in false alarms. The fires and the false alarms appear to be associated with a scheme to increase their stipends that were tied to responses.

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Indiana Homeowner Sues Fire Department Over Volunteer Arson

The owner of a mobile home in Perry Township that was set on fire last year by a volunteer firefighter with a history of setting fires has filed suit against the fire department, the fire chief and the arsonist. Duane Connaughton filed suit against the Perry Township Volunteer Fire Department over a fire that occurred on September 6, 2016.

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Connecticut Fire Department Not Liable for Arson By Volunteer

A Connecticut jury has ruled in favor of the Mystic Fire District in a civil suit filed by the owner of a house that was set on fire in 2008 by a volunteer firefighter. Gretchen Chipperini alleged that the negligence of the fire district’s leadership made the district liable for the actions of probationary firefighter William Celtruda who set the fire on July 25, 2008.

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