WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed, Editor for The Daily Gazette, about the sentencing of the former Schenectady city housing inspector in relation to the 2015 fire that killed four people. The pair also discuss Friday's storm damage at The Saratoga Battlefield.
A jury returned not guilty verdicts Tuesday against a former city housing inspector in Schenectady, NY who faced charges including manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide after a deadly fire in the city just over three years ago.
Investigators say they know what caused the Jay Street fire that left four dead and dozens homeless.
The origin of the March 6 fire was traced back to a single apartment in the 100-102 building: city officials told local media late Friday afternoon that a chair in Apartment C1 caught fire. The room had various smoking materials inside, including ashtrays and incense.
The tenant opened a window and dragged the chair toward the hallway, which apparently fanned the flames. Arson charges have been ruled out, but there may be other charges.