Man accused of setting fire to Lebanon home after 8-hour standoff

Photo courtesy of Madison County

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a house fire that happened on Route 12B in Hamilton Wednesday.

Posted: Feb 18, 2021 12:59 PM
Updated: Feb 18, 2021 3:30 PM

LEBANON, N.Y. (UPDATED) – A Lebanon man is accused of setting a fire at a home after an eight-hour standoff with police where he barricaded himself inside with a gun, threatening to harm himself and others.

Madison County Sheriff’s deputies were called to 1266 Route 12B in the town of Lebanon around 7 p.m. Wednesday, after receiving reports of an armed man making threats while inside the home with his family.

Deputies were able to evacuate the family members, but say 41-year-old Joshua A. Wilcox barricaded himself inside until 3 a.m., making threats to harm himself before allegedly setting a fire at the home.

Five fire departments were called to the scene to help put out the flames.

Wilcox is charged with third-degree arson and second-degree menacing.

Deputies took him to undergo a mental health evaluation after the incident.

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