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Vt. firefighter pleads not guilty to home arson

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RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont firefighter has pleaded not guilty to setting fire to his home.

The fire happened March 31 at the home of 33-year-old Ethan McArdle of Brandon. It was the second fire at the home in 24 hours, considered unrelated to a small fire in the basement.

The Rutland Herald reports that McArdle, who pleaded not guilty in Rutland criminal court Monday, remains free but is not allowed to have any accelerants or materials capable of starting fires, except those required for his employment.

Police say McArdle initially denied any knowledge of how the fire started, but later said he did it after a police dog detected the presence of accelerants in the house. According to police, McArdle said had no financial motive; he just didn't like the house.

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