2 volunteer firefighters accused of arson, fired

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Courtesy: MGN

SHONGALOO, La. (AP) — Two men who recently joined a rural Louisiana fire department are accused of torching an abandoned house, a couch and grass.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office says 34-year-old Matthew Crane of Springhill and 23-year-old Montana Ludlam of Cullen each face charges of arson and criminal conspiracy in Claiborne and Webster parishes.

A news release says both were fired from the Shongaloo Fire Department, which they joined in March as volunteer firefighters.

Two counts of each crime are in Webster Parish and the third in Claiborne Parish, where the burned house was found June 22.

Authorities say information indicated that area firefighters had torched the house June 18 in hope of being sent to put it out.

It wasn’t clear if either has an attorney who could speak for him.

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