Volunteer Firefighter Accused of Arson at Firehouse in Shelton

William Tortora Shelton mug shot
Shelton Police

A volunteer firefighter in Shelton is accused of setting a fire outside the firehouse during a dinner in February.

Police said they arrested 57-year-old William Tortora, of Shelton, after an investigation into a fire in the back parking lot of Echo Hose Company #1 during a past captain’s dinner on Feb. 3.

Investigators determined that a fire had been set in the back of a pickup that was parked abutting the firehouse at 379 Coram Ave., police said.

On Thursday, police arrested Tortora. He has been charged with second-degree arson, reckless endangerment in the second degree, criminal mischief in the second degree, as well as conspiracy charges in relation to each count.

He was held on a $250,000 bond and arraigned in Derby Superior Court today.

Police said Friday that they expected to make another arrest and announced Monday that 45-year-old Gregory Bomba, of Newtown, has been charged with second-degree arson, reckless endangerment in the second degree, criminal mischief in the second degree, as well as conspiracy charges in relation to each count. The news release from police says he's a past captain.

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