Endicott Firefighter Indicted on Arson Charge After Setting his Own Home on Fire

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An Endicott Firefighter accused of setting his own home ablaze has been indicted on an arson charge.

Jason Stokes, 41, of Vestal was arraigned Monday morning in Broome County Court.

Stokes is accused of setting his own home on fire at 410 East Main Street in Endicott on August 10th.

Fire crews were called to the home around 2:30 a.m.

Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwell says Stokes lived at the property with his wife and 2 kids who were inside the home when it was ignited.

Cornwell says when firefighters got inside, they discovered multiple containers full of fuel waiting for them.

“One of the senior investigators recognized a gas can. He entered into the kitchen and grabbed the gas can. He literally picked up the gas can and walked out of the building to set it aside,” said Cornwell.

Cornwell says there was also a message written on the home in spray paint that read “Lie with pigs, fry like bacon”.

Cornwell says Stokes was not arrested and charged last week.

He says Stokes was indicted on Thursday and the case was sealed until Monday’s arraignment.

Cornwell also did not comment on the alleged motive.

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