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Ex-Dilworth fire chief accused of threatening to burn co-workers homes

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The former Dilworth fire chief has come under fire for allegedly threatening to burn down the houses of his co-workers and other city officials.

WDAY-TV reports 49-year-old Kurt Kennedy, is facing a felony charge of making terroristic threats. WDAY says that Kennedy threatened a Clay County Sheriff's deputy, Mark Empting, who now serves as the chief of the city's 30-person fire department.

Kennedy resigned as fire chief in October. The criminal complaint claims Kennedy said he lost everything because of the department; but that he had a plan of revenge that included revenge on several members of the fire department and city council, according to WDAY.

The Fargo Forum reported that Kennedy said, "I'm going to burn everyone's house on the Fire Department starting with Mark Empting's and go down the list," according to the criminal complaint.

Kennedy said he doesn't remember making any of those comments, according to WDAY.

If convicted Kennedy could face a maximum of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. He is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 23.

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