Interviewed Vt. Firefighter Now Charged with Torching his Firehouse

An upset, outspoken volunteer firefighter who told reporters Sunday how helpless he felt following a fire at his firehouse is now charged with setting it.

After the Albany, Vt. fire station blaze, James Joerg, 45, told WCAX"If somebody calls for help tomorrow I don't know what we're going to do. We're hoping that the insurance will help us out but 90-percent loss is unbelievable." 

In an interesting twist, he added: "We're just devastated by this because we have limited resources here now everything is gone by one person."

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Firefighters said Joerg had been soliciting donations from Boston and New Jersey upset that their newest pumper was a 1976 model.

He is being held on $250,000 bail, charged with second degree arson and reckless endangerment. 

Police said Joerg was caught on camera. Later, he admitted he ripped down the smoke detectors -- turned the stove on high -- ignited cardboard -- and tossed the burning paper into one of the fire trucks, the station reported.

Joerg told police he had frequent urges to set fires and admitted he was dangerous and wouldn't have minded dying in the firehouse arson, according to court papers cited by reporters.

Fire investigators also are reopening a probe of a blaze in a Joerg's pizza shop located near the firehous

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