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2 Arrested in connection with 6 suspicious Metro-East fires

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Nicholas Haigele, 19, and Bryan Boide, 23, have been charged in connection with six suspicious fires in the Freeburg area. By KMOV Web Producer Nicholas Haigele, 19, and Bryan Boide, 23, have been charged in connection with six suspicious fires in the Freeburg area. By KMOV Web Producer
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ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Illinois (KMOV) – Authorities say they have arrested two suspects responsible for setting a half dozen fires in the Freeburg area over the past couple weeks.

Bryan Boide, 23, and Nicholas Haigele, 19, have been charged with felony arson.

Police said a neighbor spotted the two men carrying flashlights along the treeline in his backyard on Bay Point Drive around 12:05 a.m. Thursday.

Neighbors called police, who were already on increased patrols to look for the fire starters.Boide and Haigele were detained and taken into custody.

Authorities believe the men are responsible for six suspicious fires that have broken out at buildings in and around the Freeburg area.

The first fire happened at a metal shed in the 6700 block of Press Road on April 23. A week later, a fire broke out at another metal shed in the 4600 block of Carr.Three fires were again started on May 7 in the Freeburg area, including one that nearly leveled the Freeburg Township Building in the 700 block of Hill Mine Road. That fire destroyed heavy equipment worth thousands of dollars.

Another fire swept through a barn May 10 at a cattle farm in the 3000 block of Turkey Hill Lane.

According to authorities, the fires occurred at different times of the day and were mostly in rural areas. The buildings were located far away from houses, but near roadways, authorities said.

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