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Two junior firefighters charged with arson in Rehoboth Beach, DE

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The News Journal/DelawareOnline.com.

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Two junior members of Delaware's Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company have been arrested and charged with arson after an unoccupied mobile home was set on early Friday morning.

The News Journal:

The fire, spotted by a passerby about 4:30 a.m., caused extensive damage to the unoccupied home in the 500 block of South Drive in the Tru-Vale Acres community.

The two Rehoboth-area boys arrested Friday night, 16 and 17 years old, were charged with felony arson, burglary and conspiracy, said Michael G. Chionchio, assistant state fire marshal.

Kelly Rule, WMDT-TV:

They were each reportedly charged with Arson in the 2nd degree, Burglary in the 3rd degree, and Conspiracy in the 2nd degree.  Officials say all charges are felonies, and they were committed to the Stevenson House in lieu of a $3,500 secured bond set for each defendant. The defendants were allegedly junior members of the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company.

Leigh Giangreco, DelawareBeaches.com:

“This is not something that happens and does not reflect the dedicated members of our company,” said Warren Jones, a public information officer for the fire company. “It’s a shame these two young men decided to cast a shadow on the men that do good work in Rehoboth.”

In its 106-year history, the fire company has never experienced this type of incident, Jones said. The company performs background checks on all of its members and requires them to sign an affidavit of their character before volunteering, he said.

The 16- and 17-year-old had served less than a year and two years, respectively, with the company, Jones said.

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