SARDINIA—A 15-year-old male was arrested and charged with misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief and arson on May 8.
An Erie County Sheriff’s deputy responded to a fire in a warming shelter at the County Forestry on Genesee Road in the Town of Sardinia at approximately 7:40 p.m.
When the deputy arrived, he spoke with a Sardinia firefighter who explained that they extinguished the fire with little damage to the structure. The fireman detailed when the members of the Sardinia Fire Company arrived they observed smoke billowing from the structure and later observed a picnic table inside was heavily damaged and a melted plastic garbage can on the table top.
A witness directed the deputy to the suspect, who was located and determined to be responsible for the fire. The minor was issued appearance tickets for Family Court and released to a guardian.