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Former fire captain charged with arson in Shelton

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SHELTON -

Two prominent volunteer firefighters have been charged with arson in connection with a blaze outside of their firehouse in Shelton.

According to police, surveillance video captured former fire captain Gregory Bomba, 45, and William Tortora, 57, the brother of a fire marshal, setting boxes on fire in the bed of a pickup truck outside the Echo Hose Company firehouse back in February.

As the flames began to grow, police say Tortora got into the truck and drove away until the burning boxes flew off.

Tortora was arrested Friday, and Bomba turned himself in to police Monday.

Both men are facing charges of arson, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief.

Fire officials have declined comment.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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