3 NJ Firefighters Charged With Arson

The men are accused, along with another township employee, of purposely burning a house down because the owner allegedly wanted it demolished

The two top men at Quinton Township's volunteer fire company in New Jersey are off the job -- accused of purposely burning a house down.

"The owner wanted the house demolished, but it is illegal to burn structures, even for training purposes, outside of designated fire training sites," according to the New Jersey State Police.

Fire Chief Patrick Foster and Deputy Chief David Sites were arrested last week, along with Brent Sullivan, who is a fireman and adjunct instructor at the Salem County Fire Academy.

Investigators say they helped Gary Bell, pictured to the right, burn down a vacant home that Bell's 93-year-old father wanted demolished.

The younger Bell is a housing inspector for the township. He and Foster organized the burning, according to police and Sites and Sullivan started the fire at 32 Beasley Neck Road on December 21, 2010.

All four men are charged with Aggravated Arson, Official Misconduct and Failure to Report a Fire.

The township's fire house was shut down for four days after their arrests. It re-opened this week after Sites' brother, Michael, was named the new fire chief.

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