‘Makeover’ Contractor Faces Arson Sentence

July 8, 2014

A Connecticut contractor who helped build a house for the ABC reality TV show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” is facing sentencing for burning down his wood pellet business.

Fifty-seven-year-old Bruce “Bruno” Hayn pleaded no contest to an arson charge in April and faces up to two years in prison. He’s scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday in New London Superior Court.

Authorities say Hayn set fire to his business, Shur Fire, in Norwich in October 2011 to get insurance proceeds. The company sold wood pellets and wood stoves.

Hayn helped lead volunteers who built a family a home in Voluntown in December 2008 after two family members drowned in a pond and their home was damaged by fire.

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