Schenectady Police arrested the man they say burned down Mynderse Street home on Wednesday. Erin Vannella has the latest.
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- "That unanswered question of do you have an arsonist running around in this neighborhood, got answered at five minutes to 12 last night," said Public Safety Commissioner Wayne Bennett.
Schenectady police arrested Matthew Tolliver, 25, for, they say, having started the fire that destroyed 22 Mynderse Street.
"Our indications are he went back there yesterday with the tenant, his friend, to recover some additional property that remained there. They both left and he re Returned by himself," said Bennett.
Police, fire, arson investigators and others say community members helped them solve this case, also surveillance video. Tolliver has been charged with arson and assault. But the investigation isn't complete, nor is two firefighters' recovery.
"I suffered a burn injury, although, in my opinion, it's relatively minor, even though it's second degree burns," said Schenectady Fire Chief Michael DellaRocco.
Schenectady has made 30 arson arrests in 18 months, none, officials say, with any proven connection to Tolliver. But prosecutors say he does have a criminal history and could face additional charges.
"He's entitled to a trial where his guilt would have to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. We certainly have a case to go to the grand jury and it would be appropriate to ask the grand jury to consider charges of burglary," said Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney.