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Video: Firefighter charged with lighting fire in his pickup at CT firehouse

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This is a strange case of firefighter arson. It happened on February 3 at the Echo Hose Hook & Ladder Co. 1 in Shelton, Connecticut. Today (Friday) the Shelton Police Department announced the arrest of 57-year-old William Tortora, a volunteer firefighter, for setting a fire in the bed of his own pickup truck the night of a past captain’s dinner.

In the video (above) it gives the appearance that people were setting the fire just for fun. When reporter Ethan Fry of the Valley Independent Sentinel first published the video on February 20, William Tortora’s brother James, the city’s fire marshal, said, “My office is not conducting any investigation regarding this incident. It has not been reported to us.”

William Trotora from Shelton Police Department

Valley Independent Sentinel:

Another arrest is expected, according to police.

Tortora is listed as an “active firefighter” on the company’s website.


“The investigation revealed that the fire was intentionally started in the rear of a pickup truck which was parked abutting the firehouse,” Nugent said. “Detectives investigated the incident by identifying individuals involved, interviewing several members of the Shelton Fire Department, as well as individuals that were present at the past captains dinner that evening.”

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