Things Dull—Firemen Provide Thrills
Eight members of the fire department of Glen Cove, N. Y., are charged with second and third degree arson, as a result of an investigation by local police assisted by insurance detectives in reference to the many suspicious fires. For more than five years the city has been troubled with fires of mysterious origin. Twice in eight months the municipal bathing pavilion was destroyed. Recently an attempt was made to fire a school building.
The truth was learned after firemen celebrated the winning of a cup at the Hicksville, L. I., fire tournament. One of the fire-fighters returning with the prize became unusually talkative and, as a result, the eight men were rounded up. They* are charged with setting fire to buildings to provide excitement when events became too dull.
Other Long Island communities were faced with the same condition. Similar charges were made against volunteer firemen at Freeport, Rockville Center, Great Neck, Manhassett, Port Washington, and other places.
The men are out on bail of $5,000 each. The maximum penaltyfor second degree arson is twenty-five years and fifteen years for third degree arson.