Local volunteer firefighter charged with early June dumpster fire

A local volunteer firefighter was arrested for allegedly starting a dumpster fire in the Raya Clinic parking lot in early June.

On Wednesday, August 20,

Christopher Newman

Christopher Newman

, 24, of 146 South St., third floor, Bristol, surrendered to police after learning there was a warrant out for his arrest.

According to the arrest warrant, Newman, a volunteer firefighter in Southington, allegedly started a dumpster fire in the parking lot near the Raya Clinic and Mad Hatter Car Wash at 200 Queen St. on the evening of June 2.

Newman was charged with reckless burning and second degree criminal mischief. He was held on a $5,000 bond with a Sept. 2 court date.

The Southington Fire Department, through Chief Harold Clark,  released the following statement after learning of Newman’s arrest.

“Southington Fire Department is disappointed that a volunteer probationary firefighter has been charged with reckless burning and criminal mischief second-degree. The Southington Fire Department understands that no one has been convicted of any crime. The Department would like to stress that this incident is in no way representative of the dedicated job that all of our firefighters do every day for the town of Southington.  Our volunteer firefighters have built an outstanding reputation for the past 130 years serving the citizens of Southington.”






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