• Brandon man charged with arson on own house
    By Brent Curtis
    Staff Writer | April 01,2014
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    Ethan McArdle
    BRANDON - Vermont State Police say a fire at a home on Carver Street Monday was an act of arson.

    After firefighters doused a blaze at 59 Carver Street Monday morning, police arrested one of the home's owners, 33-year-old
    Ethan McArdle and charged him with first degree arson and reckless endangerment.

    The fire at the home was the second in a 24-hour period, police say. The first fire was in the basement and was quickly put out on Sunday.

    The second, which started on the home's second floor, was fully involved when firefighters arrived at the scene. That fire was put out before the home could be destroyed and a fire investigator with the state police was called to examine the scene along with an accelerant sniffing police dog.

    The investigation revealed the fire on Monday was intentionally set.

    McArdle was issued a citation to appear in court at a later date.

    Anyone with information about the blaze is asked to call state police Detective. Sgt. David Sutton at 773-9101.
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