Burlington man charged with torching dumpster at community center

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Published: Jan. 23, 2023 at 6:15 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 24, 2023 at 11:34 AM EST
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - A fire at a Burlington community center dumpster on Monday caused thousands of dollars in damage.

Burlington Police say they were called to the former St. Joseph’s Elementary building on Allen Street at about 2:45 a.m. They say witnesses pointed them to a man matching the description of Robert Barbin, 60, who was spotted in the area.

Police say when an officer asked Barbin if he set fire to the dumpster, he replied, “Indeed I did.”

The Burlington man now faces arson charges.

The former school building now houses nonprofit agencies and some city Parks Department offices.