Volunteer firefighter pleads guilty in Dumpster arsons


Inquirer Staff Report

A South Jersey volunteer firefighter charged with setting numerous Dumpster fires last year has  pleaded guilty to creating a false public alarm, authorities announced today.
Mark Dodds, 21, had been charged with setting five Dumpster fires at the Fox Ridge Apartments in Hi-Nella, Camden County.
Dodds was also charged with falsely reporting a fire Feb. 19 in Magnolia, an incident that led to his arrest five days later,said Jason Laughlin, spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor’s office. He pleaded guilty Friday.

As part of his plea agreement, Dodds will be sentenced May 1 to a 60-day prison term and will be forced to resign from his position as a volunteer firefighter with the Hi-Nella Fire Department.
He also will be required to pay resititution to Hi-Nella and Magnolia’s fire department for the costs of his crimes.

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