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Oneida man arrested in arson case

In a statement released by Oneida Police Chief David Meeker Friday evening, he announced the arrest of Michael P. Allen, 43, of Seneca Street, Oneida.

At 9:57 p.m., Allen was arrested on charges of Arson in the third degree, a class C Felony, as well as 11 counts of Reckless Endangerment.

Allen is alleged to have intentionally started a fire at 421 Seneca Street causing damage to the residence.

Allen was apprehended after he was observed exiting his residence by Oneida City Police Investigator David Meeker Jr., who was working surveillance of the area. Allen was observed by the officer going to the house next door and using a lighter to intentionally start a fire to the rear porch lattice. Damage was slight to the residence.

The charges of Reckless Endangerment resulted from the hazard to emergency personnel that responded.

Allen was arraigned before Oneida City Court Assistant Judge Michael Misaszek and committed to Madison County Jail in lieu of bail set at $100,000 cash or $200,000 bond to appear in Oneida City Court on June 11.

Three suspicious fires in a short period of time in the Seneca Street and Bates Avenue area are currently under investigation by the Oneida City Police and Oneida City Fire Department; a previous garage fire at 421 Seneca on May 10 that caused extensive damage to the garage and resulted in a total loss, a house fire at 429 Seneca on May 21 which caused extensive damage and a total loss to the residence and a small porch lattice fire at 425 Seneca Street on May 30 at the home of Michael Allen.

The investigation is continuing with additional charges pending.

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