Buffalo man charged in Lackawanna fire that injured family

Posted at 2:35 PM, Jan 02, 2018

The Erie County District Attorney's Office announced that 20-year-old Corey Green of Buffalo has been arraigned on an indictment charging him with arson.

Green pleaded not guilty and was placed in jail without bail. 

According to police, on April 22nd, 2017 around 3:26 a.m., Green deliberately set a fire in the back entranceway of an apartment building on Ingham Avenue in Lackawanna.

The fire trapped the Soliman family in the upper floor apartment, forcing the parents and their young children to jump and be rescued from a second story window.

The family's six-month old was thrown out the window and safely caught.

Two of the children suffered major injuries -- 4-year-old Zainab suffered from smoke inhalation and a partially collapsed lung; 3-year-old Zaid had third degree burns and was sent to Strong Memorial where he received skin grafts. 

Their parents were also seriously injured -- Claudia, the mother, was put in a medically-induced coma and was sent to the ECMC burn unit; Khaled, the father, had a broken foot and a fractured spine. 

If convicted, Green faces a maximum of 25 years to life behind bars.