Au­thor­i­ties: Fire­fighter set shed fire he helped ex­tin­guish

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - NEWS -

HAMIL­TON TOWN­SHIP » A vol­un­teer fire­fighter stands ac­cused of set­ting a shed fire that he later helped ex­tin­guish.

Hamil­ton Town­ship po­lice say Matthew Hesser faces ar­son and felony crim­i­nal mis­chief charges stem­ming from the Aug. 16 fire in the south­ern New Jersey town. It wasn’t known Fri­day if the 35-year-old Vineland man has re­tained an at­tor­ney.

Au­thor­i­ties say Hesser is a vol­un­teer with the Miz­pah Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany. They say he made the 911 call re­port­ing the fire and later re­sponded to the scene and helped put out the fire.

But Miz­pah Fire Chief Jay Daven­port told that Hesser was not a mem­ber of the depart­ment. He said Hesser had ap­plied to join, but his fin­ger­prints and back­ground check were still pend­ing but his ap­pli­ca­tion was never ap­proved.

Daven­port said Hesser would not be al­lowed to join the depart­ment.

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