Two Fayette County firefighters set fire to vacant houses because they were bored, leading to charges of arson and criminal conspiracy, according to the results of a Redstone police investigation.
Ryan Miciotto, 20, and Justin Jordan, 21, both of Allison in Redstone Township, have also been charged with two counts of criminal mischief, all felonies, and disorderly conduct, according to court records.
Mr. Miciotto also faces charges of possessing an incendiary device and possessing an instruments of crime with intent to use it.
The accusations date to 2011, when Allison police learned of two separate residential fires in the early morning of June 14, later ruled arson, township police Sgt. Norman Leo Howard wrote in a criminal complaint.
Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal Cpl. Thomas Maher interviewed local fire officials, including Allison assistant fire chief John Torok, who suspected two of his firefighters might have set the blazes.
Chief Torok said three days earlier, the men told him they wished the vacant house on Second Street -- the street where one house was set on fire June 14 -- would burn, Sgt. Howard wrote. He also said on the morning of fires, shortly after 2 a.m., Mr. Jordan texted him to ask about portable radios.
A year later, Sgt. Howard interviewed two people who said they overheard Mr. Miciotto and Mr. Jordan talking.
One said he heard the men discuss how boring the fire department was and that they "should light a house on fire so that they would get a call," Sgt. Howard wrote.
In April, a acquaintance of Mr. Miciotto was interviewed and reported that he came by her home early in the morning the day of the fires smelling of smoke and was "excited" and "laughing."
Mr. Miciotto also told her he was bored and wanted to go on a fire, so he lit houses on fire, according to the complaint.
He told her he used road flares from the fire department to set one fire and used a Molotov cocktail on the other house, Sgt. Howard wrote.
Mr. Miciotto posted $2,500 of a $25,000 bail. Mr. Jordan's bail is set at $75,000.
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