Boonville man pleads guilty to block fire arson

(WKTV) - The man responsible for a Boonville block fire last spring that displaced 29 people has pleaded guilty to arson.

David Geer entered a guilty plea Monday in Oneida County Court. He is scheduled to be sentenced March 17.

The fire, which happened in March 2013, was caused by a cigarette on a mattress. It happened in Geer's first-floor apartment unit on Main Street.

Police say Geer failed to notify emergency personnel and removed valuable items either before or during the fire.

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