DEKALB – A former Richville Volunteer Fire Department member has been charged with arson in connection with the July 1 blaze that swept through a vacant house.
Richard B. Daniell Jr. was charged Monday with third degree arson and endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly having a 14-year-old present when the fire was set, according to St. Lawrence County sheriff’s deputies.
Sheriff’s deputies said members of the Richville fire department were suspicious of the blaze at the Gore Road home because it had no utilities but had been burning for some time when they arrived. The fire was reported at 5:30 a.m.
According to witnesses, the fire started when Daniell set a couch on fire using a lighter, deputies said.
Until information was gathered implicating Daniell, he had been a member of the Richville Volunteer Fire Department.
Daniell was arrested following an investigation by sheriff’s deputies with the assistance of the Gouverneur Village Police Department and St. Lawrence County Bureau of Fire Investigation team.
He was arraigned before Canton Town Justice Thomas Wheeler and released on his own recognizance pending further court action, deputies said.