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Teen arrested for setting fire last week

GLOVERSVILLE — An adolescent male has been taken into custody by city police and charged with second-degree arson in connection with a fire at a three-family home on Montgomery Street last week that displaced five residents.

The male was one of several individuals located and detained for questioning by police on Friday during the execution of a search warrant at 77 E. Fulton St. as part of the investigation into the Nov. 9 fire at 5 Montgomery St.

According to a police press release, evidence connected to the arson investigation and other ongoing criminal investigations was located inside of the two-family home on East Fulton Street during the search. Police also located a quantity of suspected narcotics that are being sent to the state police Forensic Investigation Center for verification.

A male, whose name has not been released due to his age, located by police in the residence on Friday was taken into custody and charged with second-degree arson, a class B felony. The male was processed as an adolescent offender and was arraigned in Fulton County Youth Part Court on Nov. 13.

An adolescent offender under state law is an individual who is 16- or 17-years-old who has been charged with a felony. Cases that start in youth part court may remain there with the individual treated as an adult or may be transferred to family court where the individual will be treated as a juvenile delinquent.

The second-degree arson charge was leveled against the male in connection to the structure fire that broke out at 5 Montgomery St. on Nov. 9 at approximately 2:43 a.m.

Responding fire crews found the rear exterior of the three-family home involved in the fire that was extending into the first-floor apartment and rear stairwell that allowed the fire to reach the rear second-floor apartment and an attic. Also involved in the fire was a shed on the property and a neighboring garage.

Fire crews were able to bring the fire under control within roughly 20 minutes and then continued operations to extinguish the blaze to salvage the home and protect its contents. The scene was cleared today as of 5:15 a.m.

The Montgomery Street home is expected to be salvageable with fire damage contained to the first-floor kitchen, rear stairwell, second-floor rear apartment, attic area. The shed was a total loss, while the neighboring garage also sustained some fire damage.

Five residents were present in the three-family home when the fire broke out and were able to safely exit the building. There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters as a result of the blaze.

The residents have been temporarily displaced by the fire, three of the individuals are reportedly staying with friends while two individuals are receiving assistance from the American Red Cross.

The Gloversville Police Department was aided in their investigation of the fire by the Gloversville Fire Department, Johnstown Police Department, and the state Office of Fire Prevention and Control.

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