GUILDERLAND, N.Y. - The Guilderland Police Department has charged a local man with arson after they say he set fire to an abandoned building on September 30th.
Police arrested 37-year-old Matthew Woelfersheim of Guilderland on Monday for third-degree arson, a felony, for intentionally starting fire. The arrest comes after the building on Carman Road, across from Greulichs Market, was totally destroyed by fire and spread to the neighbor's garage also destroying the car.
Kelsey Lussier says she and her family woke up early on the morning of September 30th to the bright glow of flames shining through the window.
"Just big flames, you know, and all of it falling all over the place," she said, describing the scene.
Lussier says she was worried about her elderly neighbor who lived right next door to the fire that was burning through this abandoned building.
"My boyfriend and his father went across the street to get the lady out of the house because she wasn't responding or answering the door and my boyfriend had to end up pushing the door in to get her out," she said.
Woelfersheim is a former member of the Scaghticoke Fire Department, and now Guilderland Police Captain Curtis Cox says as the investigation continues, authorities will be looking to see if Woelfersheim could be responsible for any other fires that broke out in Guilderland and the Capital Region.
"I think we're very fortunate that in this particular case this individual was apprehended. The community should feel better about that, knowing that we were able to actively pursue this individual," Cox told NEWS10 ABC. "As the investigation continues, because it is an ongoing investigation, it will certainly be looking at this individual to see if any other fires he may be responsible for."
Woelfersheim was sent to Albany County jail without bail.