Arrest Made in Brush Fire That Destroyed Tamarack PropertyApr 10th, 2012 | By Jay Long | Category: Featured Articles
56 year old Lance Muckenhaupt of New Hyde Park was arrested and charged Monday with starting the fire that damaged property and several buildings including the old Tamarack Lodge in Sullivan County.
The Nassau County man was charged with two felony counts of arson in connection with the fire that destroyed 30 buildings and 50 acres of woodland.
According to the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office, Muckenhaupt was allegedly burning brush Saturday on the property and was unable to keep the fire contained which lead to the fire spreading across the Tamarack property.
Muckenhaupt didn’t have a permit and there is a ban on any open burning until May 15.
He was charged with two counts of fourth-degree arson and four misdemeanor charges under state environmental conservation law, including setting a fire without clearing the area, burning without a permit, setting a fire than endangers property, and opening burning during a statewide burning ban.
Muckenhaupt was remanded to the Ulster County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond. Additional charges are pending.
Ulster County Sheriff’s detectives were assisted by the Ulster County Arson Task Force, State DEC Police and State Police.