Vermont Town Bands to Aid Fire Department After Alleged Arson

Albany (VT) fleet of fire trucks now sits behind the fire station, blackened by smoke and other fire damage.

Two fire engines, a tanker, and a van that were ruined, along with much of the department’s other equipment when state police investigators said an arsonist targeted the fire station on Aug. 11.

Even more shocking was that the man accused was himself a volunteer firefighter on the force. Elmer James Joerg, 45, of Holland, Vt. is now behind bars on a second-degree arson charge and a reckless endangerment charge. Joerg denied the allegations in court last month, and was ordered held pending $250,000 bail.

Albany is using equipment borrowed from other departments, both nearby and from out-of-state, in case another emergency arises.

Volunteers outside the burned-out fire station gathered spare change from drivers Monday. An auction was helping raise money, too, as was the town’s popular chicken barbecue. All were aimed at helping get the fire department back on its feet.

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