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Volunteer firefighter steals gas, starts blaze

The firefighter was allegedly using a wet/dry vacuum to siphon gas from his fire chief's truck

By FireRescue1 Staff

FREEPORT, N.Y. — A volunteer firefighter was arrested for arson after starting a blaze when he was siphoning gasoline from his fire chief's truck.

Firefighter Steven Pena, 23, reportedly used a wet/dry vacuum to steal the gas, which ignited the fire, according to Newsday. Pena volunteers for the Village of Freeport Fire Department, which is near Long Island.

Over the weekend, Firefighter Pena used an extension cord to power the vacuum to steal the gas to put into a car he brought to the firehouse.

He said that he had been living at the firehouse because the bank took his parents' home.

Police say the electrical current from the cord came in contact with the gas fumes and started the fire. burning the truck and his own vehicle. Two volunteer firefighters were injured trying to put out the flames.

Firefighter Pena initially lied, saying the fire was started by a lit cigarette, but later confessed. He also faces a years-old robbery conviction.

He is currently out after posting a $5,000 bail.




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