Investigators Announce $10,000 Reward Offer in Old First Ward Arson Case

June 7, 2012 Updated Jun 7, 2012 at 1:38 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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Investigators Announce $10,000 Reward Offer in Old First Ward Arson Case

June 7, 2012 Updated Jun 7, 2012 at 1:38 PM EDT

(WKBW release) Thursday, Christopher M. Piehota, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Frank Christiano, Resident Agent in Charge, Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, announce a reward offer in connection with the 2011 arsons of a duplex in Buffalo, New York.

According to a news release:
 
On two occasions in 2011, an individual or individuals started a fire at 179 Mackinaw Street, which is located in Buffalo’s Old First Ward neighborhood. The first arson occurred on March 12, 2011, and the second arson occurred on May 22, 2011.

No civilians were killed or injured as a result of the fires, but a firefighter was injured fighting the fire on May 22, 2011. The house was deemed a total loss after the second fire and was demolished.

On January 12, 2012, a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Michael Fijal, 58, of Buffalo, N.Y., with arson. Fijal is awaiting trial on the charges. 

Law enforcement investigators believe there are members of the public, especially individuals who live in the Old First Ward community, who have information regarding the additional individual or individuals responsible for the arsons. For this reason, the investigating agencies are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for further information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for these crimes.