Volunteer Vermont firefighter sentenced in arson fire of station


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NEWPORT, Vermont — A volunteer firefighter charged with setting fire to the Albany fire department has been sentenced to four to six years in jail.

Forty-six-year-old Elmer James Joerg of Holland pleaded no contest to second-degree arson and a misdemeanor count of reckless endangerment in April.

Authorities say last August Joerg, who was a member of the Albany Fire Department, set fire to a fire truck that quickly spread to the fire department building.

The Caledonian Record reports (http://bit.ly/1qyx9j5 ) that the county prosecutor says Joerg was convicted of arson in New Jersey in 1987 and other criminal offenses in Vermont and Rhode Island.


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