Volunteer firefighter, 2 others charged in Bucks County mansion arson

April 9, 2013 8:10:04 AM PDT
Authorities have charged a volunteer firefighter and two other men in connection with a fire that damaged an historic mansion in Bucks County.

Nicholas Ricciardi, 21, Michael Kurfuss, 19, and Dennis Rose III, 19, all of Levittown, Pa. are charged with arson and related offenses. Ricciardi served as a volunteer firefighter in Bristol Township, Pa.

Investigators say the three men broke into the 237-year-old Croydon Mansion on Gibson Road on February 22nd set it on fire. Police say the blaze caused substantial damage to the building. No one was injured.

Police say the suspects are part of a gang calling itself the Black Flag Family and set the fire intending to destroy the mansion.

All three have been in custody since the end of February on armed robbery charges.

They were arraigned by video Tuesday. Bail was set at 10 percent of $200,000 for each suspect.