Bail for Francis Haas was doubled last week after the former Bally firefighter, who was arrested in October for arson, was charged with burning down three more barns.

The 23-year-old Bechtelsville man received 20 new counts at a Nov. 8 arraignment. District Justice Dorothy Skerchock raised his bail to $150,000.

Haas was charged with setting a total of six barns on fire, risking or causing a catastrophe and criminal mischief, according to court documents.

Authorities claim he caused $1 million in damage by torching a barn, owned by his aunt, on Miller Road in Douglass (Mont.) Township three years ago.

Last year, he allegedly caused $150,000 in damage to a barn in Hereford, Berks County. In June, police claim he damaged a structure on Schwoyer Road in Upper Hanover Township.

In October, Haas was remanded to Montgomery county prison for allegedly burning down three barns over a 10-month span in Douglass and Upper Hanover townships.

Authorities claim he lit a bail of hay in a barn owned by Johanna Benner, 200 Niantic Road, on Oct. 14.

Seventy-five fire fighters from 10 area companies needed six hours and 600,000 gallons of water to extinguish the fire.

The contents of two silos burned, and one of them had to be razed due to structural damage.

Haas' preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 30 at 1 p.m. at the Montgomery County Courthouse.

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