MOUNT MORRIS – Mount Morris Police arrested two teenage boys on Thursday in connection to the fire that badly damaged a vacant apartment building at the Damonsville Street and Parker Road.
According to a press release from Mount Morris Police Chief Ken Mignemi, Alex Gross, 17, and a 14-year-old boy were charged with felony Arson in the Third Degree, felony Burglary in the Third Degree, felony Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree and misdemeanor Filing a False Written Statement.
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“Our officers really did work hard,” said Mignemi. “We had 60 combined hours in the past two days. The officers truly showed dedication and real tenacity to get this closed so quickly.”
The two-story building, which contained three apartments, had been vacant for the past six months to be repaired and rented.
The fire erupted at about 4:40 a.m. on May 4. Multiple fire departments quickly put the fire out, but the building was badly damaged. Mignemi said that it is unconfirmed whether the building is a total loss.
Mignemi, Officer Katelyn Sanders, Officer Melody Moore, Officer Mark Brado and Officer Jeremey Blair assisted in the investigation alongside Livingston County Emergency Management Services Arson investigators.
Mount Morris Village Justice Brandon Zingaro arraigned Gross and remanded him to the Livingston County Jail on $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.
The juvenile, whose name is withheld due to his age, will appear in family court for the same charges.