Buffalo Police and Fire Arrest Two in New Years Arson

Molotov cocktail used in the blaze

WBEN Photo/Tim Wenger


Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - Buffalo fire officials and Buffalo Police have arrested two women in connection to an early New Year's Day arson.

Ayesha Patterson, 28, and Latoya Austin, 41, were charged with first degree arson, criminal mischief, and multiple counts of reckless endangerment. The two allegedly threw a molotov cocktail into the first floor of the home at 171 Breckenridge Street around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Six people including two children made it out safely and were being assisted by the Red Cross, three were transported to Oshei Children's Hospital to be checked out. A Buffalo police officer was taken to ECMC to be treated for smoke inhalation after they rescued a second-floor tenant who jumped out of the building to escape the flames.

Details about the two women were slim, though Buffalo Fire Commissioner Bill Renaldo suggested that one of the women was in a relationship with somebody at the home.

Buffalo Fire Commissioner Bill Renaldo said that video surveillance from a nearby gas station showed the two filling up the molotov cocktail and there was even a video of the two setting the home on fire by throwing it into the first floor of the home.

"The (two women) agreed to be questioned so they were brought downtown and questioned by our fire investigation unit," Renaldo said. "They actually confessed to the crime at that time."

Fire officials were unable to respond quickly to the fire on Wednesday due to an argument outside of the home.

Officials say damage is estimated at $240,000. However, the home does not need to be demolished.

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