Police: Man set fire that injured 2,displaced 20

Posted at 8:53 AM, Jan 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-03 17:15:03-05

A man is accused of setting a boarding house in Niagara Falls on fire, leaving two people injured and displacing 20 people.

The fire happened around 7:15 p.m. on New Year's Day at the boarding house on the 1900 block of Niagara Street. When firefighters arrived, people were hanging out of the windows and jumping to safety.

One person was taken to the hospital after suffering from smoke inhalation and another was injured while trying to jump to safety. Everyone else was able to safely escape, but in all, 20 people are without a home.

Police say Jerome Wingfield, 32, set the boarding house on fire. He lives on Main Street in Niagara Falls and was arrested the day after the blaze.

Wingfield is charged with second degree arson, second degree burglary and first degree reckless endangerment.

The fire caused extensive damage to the building. Police did not say how the fire was started or why Wingfield allegedly targeted the boarding house.




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