Two Ind. Volunteer Firefighters Charged with Arson

December 6, 2007

Two Indiana volunteer firefighters are charged with setting fires in abandoned buildings in northern Hamilton County.

Adam B. Sampson, 21, of Tipton is charged with three counts of arson, two counts of burglary and two counts of conspiracy to commit arson, all felonies. Dustin Ables, 23, of Sharpsville, is charged with two counts of arson and two counts of conspiracy.

Both of them were released on bond Tuesday from the Hamilton County Jail.

There were no telephone listings for either man so they could not be reached for comment.

Sampson was a Jackson Township volunteer firefighter at the time he is accused of starting fires in two abandoned farm houses and an outbuilding this summer in the town of Atlanta, said Vicky Dunbar, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office.

Dunbar also said Sampson confessed to an unrelated theft and implicated Ables, another Jackson Township volunteer.

Dunbar said Ables told police that he did not help set the fires but was at the scene of two of them with Sampson.

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