Judge remands arson charges against firefighters

ERIN, Tenn. (AP) -- A Houston County judge has sent arson charges against four volunteer firefighters to a grand jury.

At the end of a six-hour hearing on Tuesday, the court found probable cause to remand the case for possible indictment, but dropped some charges that investigators had filed, according to WZTV-TV.

Those arrested were Michael Brooks, Daryl Button, Robert Taylor and Jeremy Mackens. They were all members of the Houston County Volunteer Fire Department and are 19 and 20 years old.

During the hearing, a state Fire Marshal's agent told the court the fire station at McKinnon was intentionally set on fire. Two fire engines were destroyed.

Other structures burned included three hay barns, two unoccupied houses and an abandoned hotel. The fires began March 21.

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