2011-02-17 / Local & State

NW Pa. Fire Hall Arsonist Gets 3 To 10 Years

SMETHPORT, Pa. (AP) – A former volunteer firefighter will spend three to 10 years in state prison for setting fires at two northwestern Pennsylvania volunteer fire halls.

Thirty-nine-year-old Scott McClain, of Eldred, was sentenced Thursday by a McKean County judge after pleading guilty last month.

McClain set fire to a truck at Eldred Township fire hall on Aug. 6, 2009 using a road flare, causing about $300,000 damage to the truck. He also set fire to the Eldred Borough fire hall by lighting toilet paper in a men’s room closet. That caused $34,000 damage on Oct. 19, 2009.

McClain apologized for setting the fire and was ordered to pay $270,000 in restitution to the township fire company.

He’s still awaiting trial on charges he set a hunting camp fire in July 2009 in the company of his 14-year-old son.

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