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Jamestown man, 62, indicted in house fire

JAMESTOWN -- A city man is in the Chautauqua County jail on $100,000 bail after he was indicted by a grand jury on charges he set fire to a Wescott Street home more than a year ago.

William Cronin, 62, of 107 Wescott St., was arraigned last week on charges including second-degree arson, first-degree burglary and reckless endangerment, District Attorney David Foley said.

Foley said Cronin is accused of setting the blaze at 113 Wescott St. on July 20, 2006.

Foley would not say how investigators were able to tie Cronin to the fire, but he commended city fire and police investigators, in particular Detective David Kohl, for their hard work on the case. He also commended Assistant District Attorney Grace Hanlon for her work on the case.

Foley said Cronin faces five to 25 years in jail if found guilty of all the charges.

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