Oneida City police charged a 20-year-old Elizabeth Street resident with third-degree arson Dec. 13 in connection with the fire that destroyed much of the former Stanton Paper Box building at 106 N. Warner St.
According to police, Jeffrey E. Truman Jr. was charged with the class C felony after allegedly intentionally starting the blaze at about 1:45 p.m. Nov. 12. at the former Stanton Paper Box Company.
Truman was arraigned before Oneida City Court Judge Anthony Eppolito and remanded to Madison County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bail or $250,000 bond.
"I'm really ecstatic that they made an arrest," said Oneida Fire Chief Donald Hudson. "The investigators worked really hard on this case."
The investigation continues, and additional arrests are expected.
Chief David Meeker said agencies assisting in the investigation include Oneida City Fire Department fire investigators, New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control, New York State Insurance Frauds Bureau, New York State Police and the Madison County Sheriff's Office.