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Arsonist firefighter charged

WALLINGFORD-A federal grand jury presented an indictment last week against Wallingford volunteer firefighter Matthew Burnham.

The jury charged Burnham with "willfully and without authority, setting on fire timber, underbrush, grass or other inflammable material." Burnham was charged with the fire on U.S. government property in 2008.

In 2009, Burnham had pled guilty to a charge of fourth-degree arson, a misdemeanor inVermont. At that time, he was sentenced with community service.

Burnham was among six members of the Wallingford Volunteer Fire Department charged with setting 22 fires.

Another Wallingford firefighter, Chuck Woods, was charged. The other firefighters were issued tickets.

Vermont State Police troopers said the criminal firefighters set fires in order to be called to extinguish them. Wallingford Fire Chief Warren Allen resigned over the scandal; his two sons were among the volunteers accused.

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