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The Times
  • Montgomery Co. firefighters accused of setting house fire

  • Two Montgomery County volunteer firefighters have been arrested for allegedly setting fire to an abandoned home on Queen Ann Street in the town of Florida.

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  • Two Montgomery County volunteer firefighters have been arrested for allegedly setting fire to an abandoned home on Queen Ann Street in the town of Florida.
    The fire, according to Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies, was reported at about 6 p.m. Thursday, and several fire agencies were called to the scene.
    After conducting an investigation, deputies determined that Justin Hughes, 20, and Nicholas Dostie, 21, both of Amsterdam, had thrown Molotov cocktails at the home, intentionally setting it on fire.
    Deputies said the Molotov cocktails had been assembled at Dostie’s garage, and that Hughes and Dostie returned to the scene of the fire to fight the blaze with the Florida Volunteer Fire Department.
    Deputies also said that eyewitnesses reported that a dark-colored vehicle left the scene of the fire at a high rate of speed just before the fire was reported.
    The home and the garage were completely destroyed, according to deputies.
    Hughes and Dostie have been charged with felony third-degree arson and misdemeanor second-degree reckless endangerment. They were arraigned in Florida Town Court and were remanded to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bail bond.
    They are to reappear in town court at a later date.
    The investigation was conducted by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with the Florida Volunteer Fire Department. Responding fire agencies included the Fort Hunter, town of Florida, Fort Johnson, Fultonville, Glen and Tribes Hill fire departments.
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