Man Charged With Arson Following Fire At Condemned Jamestown Property

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JAMESTOWN – Police have made a arrest in connection with an fire at a condemned Jamestown property on Sunday.

The Jamestown Police Department says 31-year-old Robert Yates was charged with third-degree arson, burglary and trespass on Tuesday morning.

Firefighters were first called to 130 Water Street around 3:30 p.m. Sunday for smoke coming from inside of the structure.

Fire crews tell WNY News Now the blaze likely started in the basement, and was easily extinguished.

Crews say the house, which was condemned, was to not be occupied following a previous fire at the location.

Police detectives say they used information and video from a neighboring residence to aid in their investigation.

Yates was taken into custody early this morning, and officers report he is currently in the city jail awaiting arraignment.


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