AUBURN, Maine — A former volunteer firefighter in Maine has pleaded guilty to setting a fire at a Mechanic Falls restaurant that caused an estimated $30,000 in damage.
Joshua Michaud pleaded guilty to arson Thursday in Androscoggin County Superior Court but sentencing was delayed until June so he can complete counseling.
Authorities say Michaud, a volunteer with the Minot department, was 18 when he started the fire in July 2010. Witnesses say they saw him at the scene fully dressed to fight a fire even before the alarm was sounded.
No one was hurt.
The Sun Journal reported that Michaud received support in court from Minot’s fire chief, a former high school teacher and neighbor who all described him as a conscientious young man.
His lawyer said Michaud’s actions were out of character.