Former Firefighters Sentenced on Arson Charges

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UPDATE 11/29/10 @ 12:10 p.m.
MADISON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Three firefighters who admitted to setting an apartment building on fire, will not spend anymore time in jail.

Back in May, 2009 Dustin Vance, Gerald Waters III and Larry Nunnery set a building on fire that housed an industrial company and apartments.

At the time, they were all volunteer firefighters with the Madison Fire Department.

After they set the fire, they went back to the fire station and called 911. Then, they went to help the people inside the building get out safely.

Vance, Waters and Nunnery recently pleaded guilty to first degree arson.

They were sentenced to five years in jail, but that sentence was suspended and they are now on probation for two years.

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ORIGINAL STORY 5/8/09
MADISON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Three volunteer firefighters have been charged with arson after police say they intentionally set a building on fire in Madison.

The fire happened May 6 at a building on 10th Avenue C.

Dustin Vance, 19, of Foster, Gerald Waters III, 19, of Madison, and Larry Nunnery III, 19, of Danville, are all charged with first degree arson and conspiracy. The three were volunteers at the Madison Volunteer Fire Department.

According to the criminal complaint, the three told police they were bored at the firehouse so they started experimenting with brake fluid and chlorine. Later that night, police say the three suspects decided to set a building on fire.

When the fire started, the complaint states the suspects went back to the firehouse and called 911 to report the fire. Then, they went to help the people inside the building get out safely.

Vance, Waters, and Nunnery were all arraigned on the charges Friday morning. All of the suspects posted a $20,000 bond.

You can click on the document icon above to read the news release from the State Fire Marshal's Office.

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