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Montgomery firefighter charged with arson

MONTGOMERY (AP) — A Montgomery firefighter has been charged with arson in connection with a 2005 fire that destroyed a barn in Pike Road.

Jason Michael Green was brought in to the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office about 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Sheriff D.T. Marshall said Green had been a Montgomery firefighter since July 2004 and a volunteer with the Pike Road Fire Department.

Assistant Fire Chief William Davis said Green has been put on administrative leave with pay.

Davis said Green has been charged with one count of arson in the June 1, 2005 fire.

Green was released from the Montgomery County Detention Facility on $2,000 bond.

There have been 15 fires over the past 18 months in the Pike Road community that have been labeled suspicious by authorities. All the fires have involved vacant homes, barns or outbuildings, except for a counseling office that burned earlier this month.

Marshall said other suspects are under investigation and more arrests are possible.

Authorities are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of people involved in setting the fires.

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Information from: Montgomery Advertiser, www.montgomeryadvertiser.com

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