Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Arson Charges Pending In Monterey Fire

A man who authorities say is homeless has been charged with arson in a fire which heavily damaged the old fire hall in Monterey over the weekend. Authorities say 56-year-old James W. Maddle had reportedly been seen living in a vacant building near the old fire hall and allegedly admitted to having fireworks and a lighter on Saturday when the blaze broke out. The flames spread from the vacant building to a garage that was being used as a weight room for the police department and also to the old fire hall itself which was being used to store equipment for the town's water and street departments. The total damage caused by the fire was estimated to be $150,000. Maddle will be in court on the charge July 12th.