A Deptford Township, New Jersey man was sentenced to five years Thursday in connection to an arson fire that destroyed a vacant township house back when he was a volunteer firefighter, the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office announced.
Michael Petrilak pleaded guilty to official misconduct in connection with setting the January fire on Cattell Road, the prosecutor's office said.
According to investigators, Petrilak admitted he and another person, Lewis Brooks, got gasoline from a Deptford firehouse and set fire to the house. Investigators say Petrilak claimed setting the fire offered the opportunity to fight a fire.
The prosecutor's office says Brooks pleaded guilty March 11 to conspiracy to commit aggravated arson. Brooks is scheduled to be sentenced in May.
A South Jersey veteran and his wife responded to bedtime fears with a new book called "Goodbye Monsters," and it comes with a protector!
We stay unsettled through the first half of Saturday. Cooler air moves in late weekend with a nice stretch of weather beginning Sunday.
There may be some showers around tonight as we stay mostly cloudy and humid. Clouds hang on Saturday with some early rain but it'll turn much cooler and less humid throughout the day. High temperatures will only be in the low to mid 70s.
The sun returns for the second half of the weekend with a breezy and nice Sunday. Temperatures slowly warm next week as we enjoy days of sunshine and pleasant late summer weather.
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Mayor Michael Nutter says the city is already planning a celebration to honor the Dragons in the near future.
Crews are at the scene of a fire that started just before 4 a.m. Friday and reached two alarms before being placed under control.