ALBANY, Vt. — A firefighter was arrested after he was caught on camera torching the town’s brand new fire house.
WCAX reported that James Joerg, a 45-year-old volunteer firefighter with the Albany Volunteer Fire Department, was one of the first firefighters on scene at the fire Sunday.
Responding firefighters watched their building burn and the flames trapped their tools inside.
"You know everything's right there to fight the fire but you just can't get to it to do so," Asst. Chief Josh Pilbin said.
Firefighter Joerg has been charged with second degree arson and reckless endangerment, according to the report. He told police he ripped down the smoke detectors, turned the stove on high, ignited the cardboard and tossed the burning paper into one of the fire trucks, according to the report.
"It's surprising when you see somebody quite often and to know that they could do something like that," said resident Bernie Alden.
According to court papers, firefighter Joerg told police he had frequent urges to set fires and admitted he was dangerous.
Firefighter Joerg is being held for lack of $250,000 bail and a judge also ordered a competency and sanity evaluation, according to the report.
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Dan FinnFriday, August 16, 2013 9:09:49 AM2nd degree arson? WTF
Thomas BealFriday, August 16, 2013 9:16:09 AMMy thoughts exactly.
Dave MihaichFriday, August 16, 2013 11:05:27 AMDon't give him jail time.Just turn him over to his fellow firefighters, but first make sure there's no camera's around.....
Michael R. BernsteinFriday, August 16, 2013 11:11:02 AMSET his house on fire. If he LOVES fire that much, BURN HIS SH*T DOWN!
Jason LowFriday, August 16, 2013 11:16:30 AMHe doesn't have any "fellow" firefighters.
Darrell CrawfordFriday, August 16, 2013 12:00:57 PMI will NEVER understand this. I have an urge around fire too, to put it OUT, that's part of why I am a Firefighter. Now this place is out one brand new station and who know's what else they have lost. As a Volunteer Firefighter I know the value of every piece of equipment we have, because if any of it is lost it would be hard to replace. I feel for this community and wish this guy would have gotten help instead of joining the Department.
Dan RoysFriday, August 16, 2013 12:17:48 PMyeah why 2nd degree, damn idiot makes the rest of us look bad,
John ErlandsonFriday, August 16, 2013 12:18:15 PMI know it is only August but I am 100% certain we have the DOUCHEBAG of the year here!
Zach PedersonFriday, August 16, 2013 12:20:50 PMWhy the F isnt it 1st degree?!!! What is wrong with these people!?
Tyree ThomasFriday, August 16, 2013 12:28:43 PMTotal disgrace. We all should go and burn everything he loves to the ground. Every building he's ever been in should be burned to the ground.
David HodgesFriday, August 16, 2013 12:57:20 PMDon't even refer to him as a "firefighter." He's an arsonist. BIG DIFFERENCE. This is a low as you can get.
Gene RabuckFriday, August 16, 2013 1:14:31 PMFRY HIS ASS COME ON WTF.
Kelli SawyersFriday, August 16, 2013 1:17:12 PMno sympathy for this assjacket! none what so ever! make him rebuild the station by hand, all alone, then fry his ass! sure, now that's he's caught he wants to cry crazy, well guess what? he's not crazy, he's mad he got caught! and don't ever again refer to this assjacket as a Firefighter, he does not deserve that title!
Bill DossFriday, August 16, 2013 2:27:26 PMBased on my experience, I'm surprised that he's not 19 years old and that he didn't use a highway flare to ignite the fire. I saves stories like this and have literally dozens of examples of young volunteers starting fires that way.
Joanne Lafromboise-AndersonFriday, August 16, 2013 3:21:09 PMI'm hoping that this shit bag gets one hell of a punishment, I'm mean don't you think that if you have such an earge to set anything on fire its time to well ya know GET HELP. but no that would just be to easy. douche
Ty ChapmanFriday, August 16, 2013 3:34:17 PMHe should be locked up! What a looser and a menace to society!
William SamuelFriday, August 16, 2013 4:16:17 PMDepends on the state but first degree might be where the building is occupied at the time of the fire.
Brian BensonFriday, August 16, 2013 5:36:01 PMI thought if he went in deliberately setting the fire that would be considered 1st degree, oh well hope he someday gets burnt real bad when he's playing with fire.
Chris WernerFriday, August 16, 2013 7:01:36 PMDangerous g-d felon...NOT a firefighter. Was NEVER a firefighter!
Kittys PropertyFriday, August 16, 2013 7:48:53 PMWilliam Samuel It was, he was in it!
Barry LentinFriday, August 16, 2013 9:23:20 PMhe does not have the right to be let out into the public he is a danger, he also admitted it, lock him up and through the key away, hope you get life you fucking sicko.
Jaime Nunez SotomayorSaturday, August 17, 2013 8:59:26 AMUuuuuups! An infiltrated arsonist.
And a bearded fire chief! Does he know that all SCBA makers agree in that beard does not allows correct mask seal?
David BallardThursday, September 05, 2013 6:55:23 AMCompetency and sanity evaluation? What for? Of course he is incompetent and insane. A sane/competent person does not do this. I think we have to assume Incompetent/Insane util proven otherwise...
David BallardThursday, September 05, 2013 6:57:30 AMDoes a guy like this really have zero red flags on his background check or hiring/review board? We are a 100% volunteer dept, but still do both.