Rookie firefighter arrested for three arsons in Berks County

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 4, 2016 11:35 AM

(Fleetwood) -- Police say a rookie firefighter has been charged with arson for three separate fires in his department's coverage area in Berks County.

Fleetwood police say 19-year-old Cody Weidner has been arrested on charges including arson and risking or causing a catastrophe. 

Fleetwood Fire Company Chief John Manmiller says the arrest comes after suspicious fires have plagued the area since August.

Some remain unsolved. 

Police say Weidner was questioned Saturday after witness accounts and surveillance linked him to the fires. 

He's accused of setting a shed fire Saturday in Maxatawny Township, a garage fire Friday in Fleetwood and a third fire at a vacant house in Fleetwood in August.

No one was injured. 

In Saturday's blaze, a shed, barn and tractor were destroyed. 

Online court documents don't list an attorney for Weidner and his home phone rang unanswered Monday.  

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