A Buffalo man was found guilty by a jury on four counts of third-degree arson Tuesday for setting a fire that seriously injured a Lackawanna family, the Erie County District Attorney's Office said.
According to the District Attorney's Office, the April 22, 2017, fire was intentionally set by 21-year-old Corey Green at about 3:26 a.m. in the back entrance of an apartment building on Ingham Avenue. Four families were living in the building at the time.
Three families were able to escape unharmed. However, the Lackawanna Fire Department rescued a family of five trapped in an upper rear apartment, the District Attorney's Office said.
Three children were asleep in the second-floor apartment. A 3-year-old boy suffered third-degree burns on his arm and inner thighs and spent several weeks in Strong Memorial Hospital, where he received skin grafts, according to the District Attorney's Office.
Prosecutors said the boy will suffer permanent scarring.
A 4-year-old girl suffered smoke inhalation causing a partially collapsed lung, the District Attorney's Office said. A 6-month-old girl also was treated for smoke inhalation, prosecutors said.
The mother of the children spent several weeks in Erie County Medical Center in a medically-induced coma as she was treated for smoke inhalation and severe burns on her back, prosecutors said. The father fractured his foot and spine jumping from a second-floor window cradling his daughter. He continues to use a wheelchair due to his limited mobility.
Eleven Lackawanna firefighters received heroism rewards for rescuing 19 tenants from the burning building.
Green faces a maximum of 15 years in prison when sentenced Oct. 2 by State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns, prosecutors said.