2010-02-05 / Top Stories

Arson Trial Coming Soon For Former Volie

Set Fire To Broad Channel Garage
By Howard Schwach

Although no date has yet been set, the trial of a former member of the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department moved one step closer this week with a hearing in Queens Supreme Court.

The former BCVFD emergency medical technician and firefighter, identified in court papers as Brian Leonard of Broad Channel, is charged with arson and criminal mischief in connection with a garage fire on February 10, 2008.

Documents supplied by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown allege that William Ross, who lived at 526 Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel, heard the sound of glass breaking at about 5:34 a.m. on February 10.

Ross said that he got up and saw Leonard running away from his garage, which is behind his home. Ross testified that he saw smoke coming from the garage and then it erupted in flame.

Fire Marshal Robert Kelly responded along with the units that put the fire out and investigated the garage.

Kelly said in court papers that he determined that the fire was intentionally set. He ruled out any possibility of an accidental fire.

Leonard was arrested shortly after the fire and arraigned.

He will soon go to trial on the charges.

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