SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – Authorities say there has been an arrest in the arson fire at 22 Mynderse Street which happened Wednesday.
The Schenectady Police Department and the Schenectady Fire Department held a joint press conference Thursday afternoon to announce the arrest of 25-year-old Matthew Tolliver.
Tolliver has been charged with Arson in the 3rd Degree and Assault in the 2nd Degree.
Although authorities say tips and surveillance cameras on a nearby home aided in the arrest of Tolliver, the man admitted to the crime on Wednesday night.
Tolliver told authorities his friend was evicted due to unsanitary living conditions. After Tolliver helped move his friend out of the home, Tolliver returned and torched the property. He reportedly used a lighter to set fire to some debris in the home.
Fire Chief Michael De La Rocco and Firefighter Michael Komazenski suffered minor injuries while battling the blaze.
De La Rocco said "This was all black. It looked like tar. But it was burned skin. This would not have occurred if it wasn't for the crime taking place, so its an associated charge with the crime of arson."
The home had to be torn down on Wednesday night. No one was in the house at the time of the fire.
Currently, Tolliver is in Schenectady County Jail. There is no word on the motive.
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