MOCANAQUA – Authorities in Luzerne County said Tuesday that a 20-year-old volunteer firefighter has been charged with arson for allegedly setting a fire inside a double block home where he lived.
Troopers accused Corey Davis of lighting a closet door on fire on Italy Street in Mocanaqua back in January, and later responding to a 911 call in a fire truck with fellow members of the nearby Shickshinny Volunteer Fire Company.
After his arraignment in Nanticoke, Davis told Newswatch 16 that he is a firefighter, but he denied setting a fire.
Maria Fischetti said she remembered seeing the first responders who put out the fire near her home, and she was surprised to hear that a firefighter is being held responsible.
"My dad has been gone quite a while now, but he was fire chief for Mocanaqua. I was so proud of him for so many years. And then you hear someone involved with a fire company is doing this. It's just sad,” said Fischetti. “The whole block could have gone up and there’s a lot of children in the area. It’s just really unfortunate.”
Outside the Shickshinny Volunteer Fire Company on Main Street, George Hubbard told Newswatch 16 that these types of crimes hurt struggling fire departments.
“It’s just too bad because I know the firemen feel bad about it. It just makes everybody feel bad that somebody they know would do something like that,” said Hubbard. “In the past here, how many reports have you had of people stealing their money and that kind of thing. It’s just tough for the fire companies right now; you know when all these things happen.”
Following the arraignment in Nanticoke, Davis was locked up in the Luzerne County Jail with bail set at $50,000.