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Buffalo man admits setting fire that spread to neighboring E. Delavan homes

A Buffalo man pleaded guilty to setting a fire in an East Delavan Avenue home in November that spread to two neighboring house and left five adults and two children without a home, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced Friday.

Joseph Aronica pleaded guilty before State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller to one count of second-degree arson and two counts of fourth-degree arson. He faces a maximum of eight years in prison when he is sentenced on July 27.

The fire was reported just before 4 a.m. on Nov. 28 at 218 E. Delavan. It spread to 214 and 220 E. Delavan.

Prosecutors said the fire began in the second floor of 218 E. Delavan where Aronica lived. 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.

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

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