Volunteer firefighter pleads not guilty to Mill Pond House arson
A volunteer firefighter pleaded not guilty today to the arson that torched a historic house in Oyster Bay.
Christopher Zaino is accused of intentionally setting fire to the Mill Pond House last March. He allegedly poured gasoline in the house and set it on fire. Police say he then responded to the fire with his department and 100 other firefighters.
Zaino was released after posting bail and is due back in court later this month.
The Bayville Fire Department, where Zaino volunteered, says it takes the matter very seriously and that it is cooperating fully with law enforcement.
The Mill Pond House also went up in flames a few days before the fire Zaino is charged in. Police are not saying if they are investigating whether Zaino was involved in the first fire.
The Oyster Bay Historical Society says the Mill Pond House, which is over 300 years old, can be rebuilt. The town of Oyster Bay owns the house and is looking for a private buyer to purchase and restore it.