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Suspected arsonist pleads 'not guilty'

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UNDATED (WSAU)  A man suspected of starting a number of fires in northeast Wisconsin has pleaded innocent to two of those blazes. 28-year-old Drew Christensen of Suring entered the pleas yesterday in Oconto County Circuit Court. He waived a preliminary hearing and was ordered to stand trial. Christensen is currently charged with two counts of arson for allegedly setting a garage and a mobile home on fire since last August. He’s due back in court on December 10th.

Prosecutors said Christensen has admitted setting about a half-dozen fires, including one that heavily damaged the Klondike Community Church in March. State justice investigators are trying to determine if he had anything to do with about three dozen other fires in Oconto and surrounding counties in recent years.

Christensen spent six years on the Brazeau Fire Department, but he was released a year-and-a-half ago for missing department meetings due to his job.

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