Rome man charged with arson for fire that consumed his home

By WKTV News

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - A Rome man that police say set his home on fire following a domestic dispute in the beginning of June has now been charged with arson.

According to police, Ronald Lamascolo, 59, of Rome has been charged with third-degree arson in connection to the June 4 fire, following a month-long investigation.

Around 4 p.m. On June 4, police and fire crews responded to 8491 Elmer Hill Road, where they found the house engulfed in flames with Lamascolo inside. Officials say he was injured in the fire and had been hospitalized ever since.

Lamascolo was arraigned in the City of Rome Court and sent to Oneida County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Just one month prior, on May 3, Lamascolo's wife, Antoinette Lamascolo, called police to report that her husband had made more than 30 threatening phone calls to her. Police arrived to find what they called a "highly intoxicated" Ronald Lamascolo, who told them he had been trying to call his wife all day, but that she didn't answer her phone. A neighbor said that while he often had pleasant dealings with Lamascolo, it was audibly a very different story inside the home, adding that neighbors could often hear the couple having verbal battles.

During that May 3 domestic call, Antoinette Lamascolo told officers her husband had several rifles in his gun cabinet and the officers confiscated those weapons. They arrested Ronald Lamascolo for aggravated harassment and he posted bail and left the Oneida County Jail May 11.

Police have said that neither Antoinette Lamascolo, nor anyone else other than Ronald Lamascolo, was at the home at the time of the fire. He was airlifted from Rome Memorial Hospital to University Hospital in Syracuse. During the course of their investigation, fire officials determined that Lamascolo had intentionally set the June 4 fire.

The house was a total loss.

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