Greenwich fire that destroyed building was arson
The huge fire that destroyed a building Sunday in Greenwich is the work of an arsonist. That’s according to Cambridge-Greenwich police.
One person was sent to the hospital after the fire tore through the building on Main Street, which houses apartments and a few businesses. Eight people were left homeless.
The fire started Sunday morning, and the efforts to put it out went on until after dark.
Police say a man staying with a friend in a second-floor apartment started the fire, then jumped out and ran away.
They found the suspect, John Fox of California, with the help of state police and a Washington County Sheriff’s Department K-9. He’s charged with second-degree arson, criminal mischief, and reckless endangerment.
#BREAKING According to sources, the fire that destroyed the building on Main Street in Greenwich is the work of an arsonist. Police tell me a man who a friend allowed to stay in a second floor apartment in the building started it on fire and then jumped out. @WNYT pic.twitter.com/QadHhKG7PT— Mark Mulholland (@MulhollandWNYT) February 7, 2022
Update from Cambridge-Greenwich PD: Witnesses saw subject jump out 2nd story window and take off on foot. W/help from Washington Cty Sheriff K9 and @nyspolice we located the subject. John M. Fox of California was charged with Arson 2nd,Crim Mischief, and Reck. Endangerment @wnyt pic.twitter.com/nMARQ8U74T— Mark Mulholland (@MulhollandWNYT) February 7, 2022
"It was sad. It’s a historic building. Everybody in the community knows that building," Greenwich resident Adam Caitlin said.
"I feel Greenwich has a special bond with the people that live here. The community will come together, and we’ll get through it, but it’s a sad day for sure," he added.
The Greenwich fire chief says the building will probably need to be torn down.