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5 Mass. firefighters charged with arson

The volunteers from Hampden County set fires 'out of boredom and to get money to respond to the calls,' say prosecutors

By Richard Weir
The Boston Herald

HAMPDEN COUNTY, Mass. — Five firefighters for two tiny Hampden County towns are in hot water after being arraigned yesterday on charges that they torched several abandoned homes to help pad their wallets with extra duty pay, authorities said yesterday.

"It's very disheartening,'' said Brimfield Board of Selectmen chairman Thomas Marino. "You put your trust in them to be firefighters, the people who come to put your fires out, not be causing them. It's the worst kind of violation of your trust.''

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