Roger Cornell, 63, of Olean, pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court Tuesday to arson in the second degree for setting fire to a Bailey Avenue apartment building on Jan. 21.
Investigators said Cornell used an incendiary device to start the fire in the large wood-frame building at 437 Bailey Ave. The two-and-a-half story, 10-unit structure housed about 20 people. No tenants were injured but officials said the fire killed two cats. Damage was estimated at $275,000.
Justice Russell P. Buscaglia set sentencing for July 24.