Christopher Newman

Christopher Newman, a volunteer firefighter, was charged with reckless burning and second-degree criminal mischief after police say he started a fire in a dumpster on Queen Street in Southington. (Courtesy of Southington Police Department / August 20, 2014)

SOUTHINGTON — A volunteer firefighter was charged Wednesday with starting a fire in a Dumpster on Queen Street in June, police said.

Christopher Newman, 24, of Bristol, turned himself in Wednesday morning after a warrant for his arrest was issued charging him with reckless burning and second-degree criminal mischief, according to police.

Police said he lit the contents of a Dumpster near the Raya Clinic and Mad Hatter Car Wash on fire the evening of June 2, police said.

He was released from police custody and is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 2.

"Southington Fire Department is disappointed that a volunteer probationary firefighter has been charged with reckless burning and criminal mischief second-degree," Southington Fire Chief Harold Clark said in a statement. "The Southington Fire Department understands that no one has been convicted of any crime. The Department would like to stress that this incident is in no way representative of the dedicated job that all of our firefighters do every day for the Town of Southington."