Suspect confessed to police

Arrest in North Tonawanda Arsons

August 5, 2014 Updated Aug 5, 2014 at 11:44 PM EDT

By Mitch Simon
By Rachel Elzufon

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August 5, 2014 Updated Aug 5, 2014 at 11:44 PM EDT

NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WKBW) - Authorities announced late Tuesday evening that they had made an arrest in the series of arsons that broke out overnight. North Tonawanda Police arrested 26 year old Christopher Syracuse, charging him with lighting all seven fires.

Police say Syracuse was arrested around 9pm, and later confessed to the arsons. Authorities believe he acted alone.

The City of Tonawanda resident now faces a slew of charges, 13 in all, including arson and criminal mischief.

Syracuse will be arraigned Wednesday morning in North Tonawanda City Court.

Recapping the fires:
The largest of the fires happened at a 19th century home on Goundry Street. The home was renovated into an eight-apartment complex. Officials say everyone got out safely.

Fire officials are investigating six other fires in North Tonawanda. Four of those blazes began as car fires and then spread to neighboring homes.

City of Tonawanda Police are also investigating a car fire on Enterprise Avenue that damaged two homes. Police have determined the cause of that blaze was arson, and believe it was connected to the North Tonawanda fires.

Fire officials say no one appears to be injured.

However, the Fairhavens Community Center is accepting donations for those displaced by the North Tonawanda fires.

Fairhavens Community Center is working to help those displaced by the blazes. Donations can be dropped off at 383 Vandervoot Street in North Tonawanda on Wednesday through Friday from 9 am to 2pm and Saturday from 9 am to Noon.

North Tonawanda has had a recent issue with suspected arsons.

5th Avenue resident Michelle Johnston is behind bars, accused of setting 11 fires on her street in a one-month period.