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Police: Freeport Firefighter Charged With Arson After Setting Cars On Fire While Trying To Siphon Fuel

FILE - Nassau County Police detour traffic off Merrick Road due to flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in Freeport, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

FILE – Nassau County Police detour traffic off Merrick Road due to flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in Freeport, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

FREEPORT, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A Freeport firefighter has been charged with arson after police said he set two cars on fire while trying to siphon gas from a fire department vehicle.

Steven Pena was arrested Monday at a firehouse on Leonard Avenue.

Nassau County police said the 23-year-old Freeport firefighter was using an electric vacuum to illegally siphon gas from a Village of Freeport Fire Department vehicle to his personal car when electricity set the gas on fire.

The flames quickly spread to both vehicles. Two Freeport firefighters suffered minor injuries while trying to put out the blaze, but both cars were totally lost, police said.

Pena was charged with arson and is set to be arraigned in Hempstead on Tuesday.