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Saranac Lake woman arrested for apartment arson

Nancy Nixon, 35, Saranac Lake

Nancy Nixon, 35, Saranac Lake

— A local woman was arrested for arson for allegedly having a connection to an apartment building fire on May 23.

Saranac Lake Village Police said Nancy G. Nixon, 34, was arrested and charged with second degree arson, second degree criminal mischief and eight counts of first degree reckless endangerment, all felonies.

Nixon was arrested following an extensive investigation by Village Police into a fire that occurred May 23 on Park Ave.

Village Police Chief Bruce Nason said Nixon did not live in the apartment building, but police are investigating a disagreement between her and a resident of the apartment building which took place prior to the fire.

All eight people inside the apartments were able to safely exit the building without injury.

Initial investigations by the Franklin County Cause and Origin Investigators, Saranac Lake Fire Department Investigators and State Police led police to believe the fire was a result of arson and was started in the second floor hallway.

Nason said he would not comment on how police think the fire was started until the investigation is completed.

Nixon is a suspect based on witness testimony, video surveillance collected from area businesses and physical evidence collected at the scene, Nason said.

Nixon was remanded to Franklin County Jail after arraignment on a $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond.

HISTORIC BUILDING 

The structure, which was a historic tuberculosis cure cottage that was later renovated into a seven unit apartment building, was heavily damaged by fire and smoke.

Village code enforcement officer Tom Worthington said all three of the building’s floors suffered smoke and water damage and are in need or rewiring.

The first floor has since been renovated and is available for rent while the second and third floor require further renovation.

Nason said he wanted to thank the public for their help and all of the law enforcement agencies that assisted in the investigation.

“It’s important to recognize the hard work of the people involved in this case who helped so much,” Nason said.

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