Jerome Wingfield was ordered held without bail Monday in Niagara Falls City Court for his alleged role in an arson that left more than 20 people homeless at a Niagara Falls boardinghouse on New Year’s Day.
Wilber T. Haynes, 70, a resident of the boardinghouse at 1967 Niagara St. was also arrested in connection with the arson. He was charged with assisting Wingfield. He was also arraigned in City Court and remanded to Niagara County Jail on $100,000 bail.
Both Haynes and Wingfield, 32, of Main Street, have been charged with second-degree arson, second-degree burglary and first-degree reckless endangerment.
The fire at 7:15 p.m. Friday night originated in a second-floor bedroom and caused extensive damage. Police said Wingfield unlawfully entered the boardinghouse shortly before the fire. He was arrested at about 8 p.m. Saturday.
Niagara Falls firefighters used ladder trucks to rescue several people. One man suffered a broken leg when he escaped from the fire by jumping from an upper window.