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Teens charged in fire at Mohawk Mills site

September 28, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

BROADALBIN - Three teenagers were arrested by Fulton County sheriff's deputies Thursday on felony arson charges in connection with the Sept. 20 fire at the former Mohawk Mills complex in the village.

Deputies said Morgan Bronson, 17, of County Highway 110, town of Broadalbin, was charged with a felony count of fourth-degree arson and a misdemeanor count of fourth-degree criminal mischief.

Two other juveniles - whose names were not released because of their ages - also were charged with one felony count each of fourth-degree arson.

Deputies said two of the suspects entered the Mohawk Mills complex on Mill Street on the afternoon of Sept. 19 and started a fire on the third floor in one of the buildings.

Later, deputies said, suspects put out the fire and thought it was extinguished. One of the floors of the building later caught fire again, deputies said.

After the fire, Broadalbin-Kennyetto Fire Chief Scot Hall said volunteer firefighters put out the fire on the second floor in 20 minutes. That floor received mostly water damage, he said.

Five departments responded to the fire at the complex, which began around 5 a.m.

Linda Eastman, owner of the Broadalbin Christian Bookstore and Linda's Antiques, called in the fire.

Firefighters from the Broadalbin-Kennyetto, Galway, Hagaman, Mayfield and Perth volunteer fire departments responded.

The Fort Johnson and Providence fire departments were on standby.

Deputies said Bronson will appear later to answer his charges in Village Court.

The underage juveniles were referred to Fulton County Family Court for legal action.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at



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