Rome teen charged with arson in former Rome Cable building fire

By WKTV News

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - A seventeen year -old Rome man has been arrested and charged with third-degree arson, following an investigation into a November fire at the former Rome Cable company building.

On November 28, 2011, Rome Police and Rome Fire Department members responded to a large structure fire at the former Rome Cable site located on South Jay Street.

According to the Rome Fire Department, a 20 foot by 140 foot catwalk, filled with old paper records and files from the company were set on fire. Heavy white smoke filled the area while crews worked to douse the flames on Henry Street shortly after 6:30 p.m. that night.

The building is not in use and has been called an "eyesore" in the city since the company closed in 2003. The former Rome Cable Corporation was deemed unusable back in February by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. It was placed on a brownfield list for demolition and portion of the complex has been razed.

The fire caused heavy damage to a warehouse.

The defendant, whose name was not released by authorities, is being held in Rome Police lockup pending arraignment in Rome City Court.

Detective Ed DAlessandro, the Rome Police Forensic Unit and Rome Fire Department is continuing the investigation and more arrests are possible.

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