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Man accused of setting fire to room at Gloversville YMCA

Man accused of setting fire to room at Gloversville YMCA

Gloversville police have arrested a man they say is responsible for setting a fire at the city’s YMC

Gloversville police have arrested a man they say is responsible for setting a fire at the city’s YMCA last week.

According to a news release, Ralph Savage, 38, was charged Monday with second-degree arson, second-degree burglary and third-degree criminal mischief after admitting to the crimes during an investigation.

Police say Savage set a fire in Room 103B of the YMCA on East Fulton Street around 9:25 p.m. May 13 by lighting an item on fire inside a closet.

Gloversville police Chief Donald VanDeusen said Savage was a former tenant of the YMCA and had a “personal issue” with the man residing in the room that was set on fire.

The building’s sprinkler system kept the fire under control until the Gloversville Fire Department arrived and extinguished the flames, police said.

At the time of the fire, 44 of the facility’s 46 rooms were occupied. No injuries were reported.

Police say Savage became a person of interest in the course of their investigation, leading to a search warrant executed Monday.

He was arraigned in Gloversville City Court before Judge Traci DiMezza and sent to the Fulton County Correctional Facility without bail.

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