State Park Place firefighter charged with arson

News-DemocratNovember 22, 2013 

A State Park Place firefighter has been charged with setting two houses fire next-door to his home.

On Friday, the Madison County Sheriff's Department charged 18-year-old Collinsville resident Robert Schlecter with two counts of arson in connection to two house fires on Sept. 4. Schlecter had been a member of the metro-east fire department for two weeks at the time.

Investigators have evidence which they believe indicates that the firefighter set the blaze at the house next to his that later spread to another neighboring home. An investigation both homes had vacated three months prior and neither had electricity or gas service at the time of the fire.

Schlecter has been arrested and his bail has been set at $60,000.

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