Illinois Firefighter Charged With Multiple Arsons

A volunteer firefighter in Illinois has been charged in connection with a series of five arson fires over the past two weeks.

Kenneth Grabow, 20, is facing six counts of criminal damage to property and four counts of arson in connection with the 5 fires. The fires were set in 3 barns, a shed and an abandoned house.

According the Stephenson County Sheriff’s Office, Grabow’s vehicle was observed near the scene of some of the fires. The fires occurred between April 14 and 19. Grabow had been a member of the Orangeville Volunteer Fire Department for about 8 months.

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About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 45 years of fire service experience and 35 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014, 4th ed. 2022) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.
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