Tuesday, police announced that a 25-year-old Central New York woman was charged with attempted murder and arson after a house fire in the city of Oswego injured a firefighter.
Samantha O’Neil, of Oswego, started the fire at 165 E. 4th St. just before 2:00 p.m. on September 24, with the knowledge that there were people inside, according to police.
Paul Conzone, the chief of the Oswego Fire Department, stated that when firefighters arrived, they discovered a multifamily dwelling with heavy flames visible from a second-story window.
It took the fire department 70 minutes to extinguish the blaze. The second floor of the residence was severely damaged by fire, smoke, and water. Four individuals were evicted from the residence.
An Oswego woman was arrested on Monday, Oct. 2, after an investigation revealed she allegedly set her house on fire intentionally with both people and animals inside.https://t.co/CSDbR4RsLO
— NewsChannel 9 (@NewsChannel9) October 3, 2023
Conzone stated that the injured firefighter was transported to a hospital for injuries sustained while fighting the fire. The day of the fire, the firefighter was expected to make a full recovery, he said.
According to police, O’Neil has been charged with second-degree arson, attempted murder, first-degree burglary, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. She was arraigned in Oswego County CAP Court and then transported to the Oswego County Jail, where she is being held on $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond.
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