Albany volunteer firefighter sentenced to 4 to 6 years for arson

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A piece of fire equipment that was destroyed after the fire at the Albany Fire Station last August. Photo by Jane Peters.
The remains of a fire truck that was destroyed after the fire at the Albany Fire Station last August. Photo by Jane Peters.

NEWPORT — The man who pled no contest to second-degree arson and reckless endangerment charges relating to the Albany Fire Station fire last August, was sentenced to serve four to six years in jail.

Elmer Joerg, 46, pled no contest in April, and faced sentencing earlier in the week.

On August 11, 2013, the Albany Fire Department suffered a total loss. The fire station was engulfed in flames, leaving one fire engine completely destroyed. Joerg was later arrested.

Joerg, who was a member of the Albany Volunteer Fire Department, helped fight the fire at the station the night he started the blaze.

He also had a criminal history before the incident, including an earlier conviction of arson.

Joerg was identified as the arsonist through surveillance footage that captured photographs of the incident.

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