Quick arson arrest in early-morning Ithaca fire

The Ithaca Police Department says an arrest has been made in connection with the fire that occurred on Hudson Street early this morning. Joshua Reeves of Dryden has been charged with arson in the first degree.

“Officers determined the residence in which the fire started housed at least seven people and that the fire was intentionally started,” according to an IPD release on Wednesday evening. Reeves was arrested at 12:07pm, less than 12 hours after the fire broke out.

“I’m saddened this happened in our community,” said acting police chief Pete Tyler, “and I am thankful for the services from the Red Cross in assisting those who are displaced by this cowardly act.”

“Making an arrest less than 24 hours after the incident is a testament to the hard work by my officers and the great working relationships we share with other first responders in our community,” said Chief Tyler.

Reeves was arraigned in Ithaca City Court and remanded to Tompkins County Jail on $10,000 cash or $20,000 bail bond.

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