Accused Pa. arsonist pleads guilty to setting fire that injured 2 firefighters

The Erie man was charged with 8 felonies, 28 misdemeanors after June 12 house fire


Tim Hahn
Erie Times-News

ERIE, Pa. — An Erie man accused of injuring two city firefighters and endangering others by intentionally setting fire to his house in June waived his criminal case to court under an agreement reached with prosecutors.

George R. Adams, 42, agreed under the deal to plead guilty at a later date to a second-degree felony count of arson, a third-degree felony count of risking a catastrophe, a third-degree felony count of criminal mischief, and a consolidated misdemeanor count of recklessly endangering, Assistant District Attorney Nick Maskrey said following Adams' preliminary hearing on Wednesday.

Erie police initially charged Adams with eight felony and 28 misdemeanor counts following the June 12 fire at a residence in the 1800 block of East Lake Road. Detectives accused him of setting fire to the living area of the house, setting off a larger fire that spread through the residence.

Two Erie firefighters were injured in fighting the fire and were taken to the hospital for treatment.

This article originally appeared on Erie Times-News: Erie man accused of setting fire that injured 2 firefighters reaches plea deal at hearing

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