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Buffalo man facing murder charge in connection with fatal arson

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Posted at 4:10 PM, Dec 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-01 16:10:44-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A Buffalo man was arrested and has been virtually arraigned on an indictment charging him with one count of second degree murder in connection with a fatal arson.

The Erie County District Attorney's Office says 46-year-old Daniel Martinez allegedly intentionally set fire inside his girlfriend's residence on the first floor of a multi-family home on Concord Avenue around 3 a.m. on September 30.

The girlfriend's mother, 66-year-old Maria Galazka, was in her bed at the time and suffered multiple burns and smoke inhalation. She later died at ECMC.

A Buffalo firefighter was injured and taken to ECMC for treatment and was released.

A resident who lived in the upper apartment was not injured, but was displaced.

Martinez was remanded without bail, a return court date was not scheduled. He faces a maximum of 25 years to life in prison.