Mayville man accused of arson in Jamestown after fire seriously injures victim

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Mayville man was arrested Wednesday and accused of intentionally setting a residence on fire while a victim was inside this past weekend, the Jamestown Police Department announced.

Police said they, along with fire officials, responded to a condemned residence Sunday morning at 234 Fulton St. for a structure fire. A victim was located nearby with serious physical injuries from the fire, as they had to jump out of a second-story window to escape the blaze.

After investigators determined the blaze was an arson, 34-year-old Eric A. Courtier was interviewed as a suspect and was determined to have allegedly set the residence on fire intentionally while knowing the victim was inside, according to police.

The victim was transported to an out-of-area hospital for treatment of their injuries and burns.

Courtier was arrested in Mayville, New York and charged with first-degree arson and first-degree assault. He was arraigned Thursday and remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail without bail.

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Adam Gorski is a Buffalo native who joined the News 4 team in 2022. You can find more of his work here.

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