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Suspect arrested in Niagara Falls boarding house fire

NIAGARA FALLS – Niagara Falls police have arrested a suspect in Friday night’s boarding house fire that left more than 20 people homeless.

Jerome Wingfield, 32, of the 1400 block of Main Street, is charged with second-degree arson, second-degree burglary and first-degree reckless endangerment, according to police, who said the suspect unlawfully entered the property at 1967 Niagara St. before the boarding house caught fire about 7:15 p.m. Wingfield was arrested about 8 p.m. Saturday.

The fire, which originated in a second-floor bedroom, caused extensive damage.

Niagara Falls firefighters used ladder trucks to rescue several people and one man suffered a broken leg when he leaped from an upper window to escape.

Wingfield will be arraigned in Niagara Falls City court on Monday morning.