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Two Central Islip volunteer firefighters have been arrested after intentionally setting five fires at abandoned houses in their community and in Hauppauge, Suffolk police said Tuesday.
A third firefighter was arrested in one of the arsons, police said.
Video above of November 22, 2017 fire on Oakdale Avenue in Central Islip.
Austin Lehman, 19, Stephen Hernandez, 25, and Shawn Key, 27, members of the Central Islip Fire Department were arrested for allegedly starting fires at abandoned houses in Central Islip and Hauppauge between October 2017 and January 2018.
The three were charged with fires at: 82 Gates Ave. in Central Islip on Oct. 21; 104 Vanderbilt Ave. in Central Islip on Oct. 24; 173 Gibbs Road in Central Islip on Nov. 7; 43 Oakdale Ave. in Central Islip on Nov. 22; 475 Bridge Road in Hauppauge on Jan. 14.
According to Suffolk County Police, Lehman and Hernandez were charged with five counts of arson in the third degree for their involvement in five fires. Key was charged with arson in the third degree for the Nov. 22 fire.
Video above of January 14 fire on Bridge Road in Hauppage.
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