Man Arrested in Fire That Injured Three N.Y. Firefighters

David M. Borreggine was charged with one count of third-degree arson and three counts of second-degree assault in the Sept. 14 fire that injured three Rochester firefighters last week.


Authorities have arrested a man accused of setting a house fire that injured three Rochester firefighters last week.

David M. Borreggine was charged with one count of third-degree arson and three counts of second-degree assault in the Sept. 14 fire at 271 McNaughton Street, according to The Democrat and Chronicle.

The 27-year-old pleaded not guilty to allegedly pouring gasoline on the kitchen counter and floor and lighting it on fire.

A firefighter fell through the first floor after a charred portion collapsed and landed on two firefighters in the basement before a large recliner fell on top of them.

The firefighters were transported to Strong Memorial Hospital for treatment and all remain off duty as they continue to recover from their injuries.

Crews responded to the fire around 4:30 a.m. and had it contained in about a half hour.

Judge Thomas Rainbow Morse ordered a medical evaluation of Borreggine in court on Wednesday morning.

He was sent back to Monroe County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond and is scheduled to return to court for a preliminary hearing on Sept. 24.