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Former Vt. volunteer firefighter burns down own home

Jason Gregoire said he wanted to move out of state to give his autistic son a better education

By FireRescue1 Staff

EAST RANDOLPH, Vt. — A former volunteer firefighter was charged with burning his house down Sept. 4.

Jason Gregoire, 30, told police he set his home on fire so he and his family could move to New York, where better educational opportunities are available for his autistic son.

“The Gregoires advised they were frustrated with the school system and what they felt was a lack of services and felt they were left with no other alternative but to destroy the house and move away,” officials stated in a press release.

Gregoire was cited for reckless endangerment for placing the lives of former colleagues in danger. East Randolph Fire Chief Jacob Boule told My Champlain Valley Gregoire served the department for eight years.

There were no injures while crews battled the blaze. State police investigated the fire since Gregoire worked for the department that responded to the blaze.