AUBURN — A former volunteer firefighter in Maine who pleaded guilty to setting a blaze that caused $30,000 in damage to a Mechanic Falls restaurant has avoided jail time.

Joshua Michaud was sentenced Monday in Androscoggin County Superior Court to six years in jail, with the entire sentence suspended for four years of probation. He was also ordered to continue residential rehabilitation treatment, where his progress was described by prosecutors as “glowing,” and to pay $16,000 in restitution.

The Sun Journal reports that the 20-year-old Michaud apologized to the owners of the Loose Caboose Restaurant and Lounge for setting the July 2010 fire when he was 18 and a volunteer junior firefighter in Minot.

Authorities say Michaud started the fire, and was one of 50 firefighters who responded. No one was hurt.

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