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Gloversville Police: Arson, reckless endangerment charges after Monday night fire destroys old mill

Gloversville Police: Arson, reckless endangerment charges after Monday night fire destroys old mill

Gloversville Police: Arson, reckless endangerment charges after Monday night fire destroys old mill
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GLOVERSVILLE -- A Gloversville man was arrested on arson and reckless endangerment charges in connection with a Monday night fire at an abandoned mill on Rose Street, police said.

While no injuries were reported in the blaze, the fire not only destroyed the mill but also damaged surrounding structures and vehicles, police said.

Lincoln J. Flansburg Jr., 44, of 28 Rose St., was arrested and charged with one count of fourth-degree arson and first-degree reckless endangerment, both felonies.

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Firefighters were called to the abandoned mill, located at 27 Rose St., at about 9:15 p.m. Monday for a report of a fire, police said.

Gloversville firefighters arrived and soon called for help from surrounding departments to get the fire under control, police said.

As firefighters worked, Gloversville police officers and detectives interviewed residents and bystanders and received information that led to the arrest of Flansburg, police said.

While police did not release how they believe Flansburg started the fire, the charge of fourth-degree arson is defined as when someone recklessly damages a building by intentionally starting a fire.

Flansburg was held for arraignment. Additional charges are likely, police said.

The Gloversville Fire Department requested the assistance of state fire investigators and the investigation is expected to continue throughout Tuesday.

"As of the time of this release, there is not believed to be any ongoing threat to the community," police said in a release. 

Meco, Berkshire, Pleasant Square, Sammonsville and Sir William Johnson fire departments all assisted at the scene. Members of the Fulton County Office of Emergency Management, GAVAC and the Gloversville Department of Public Works also responded.

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