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Buffalo man charged with arson after fire routs 7 from E. Delavan houses

A Buffalo man is accused of starting a fire that left five adults and two children without a home early Tuesday, authorities said.

Joseph Aronica III, 35, had been charged in two prior arsons and served a 6-month sentence from a prior conviction, Deputy Buffalo Fire Commissioner Johnathan Eaton said.

Tuesday's two-alarm fire was reported just before 4 a.m. at 218 E. Delavan Ave. The fire spread to 214 and 220 E. Delavan before firefighters extinguished it.

The fire is believed to have started on the second floor of 218 E. Delavan and extended to the attic. The blaze caused $80,000 in damage to 218 E. Delavan, $35,000 to 214 and $10,000 to 220. The adults and children lived at 218 and 214.

Aronica, who lived in the home where the fire started, was charged with second-degree arson, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief, officials said. He was charged in November 2016 with second-degree arson after a fire caused $1,500 damage at 418 Goodyear Ave., police said at the time.



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