The early morning hours of Friday, November 29 saw Plattsburgh city police and fire department members, and members of the SUNY Plattsburgh police, called to a car fire and a house fire, mere minutes apart.
The first fire was reported at 3:52 a.m.. It involved a vehicle parked at SUNY Plattsburgh’s service compound on Sanborn Ave. The fire was investigated by SUNY Plattsburgh police, with the assistance of Plattsburgh City Police.
While they were at the scene of that fire, city police were called to a second fire at 87 Lafayette Street, at 4:08 a.m.. The second fire involved a residence. City police fought the fire with fire extinguishers until the Plattsburgh city fire department arrived and extinguished the fire, saving the residence.
Both fires were determined to be suspicious in nature. Plattsburgh city police detectives were brought in to take over the investigation, along with SUNY police.
After developing several leads, police arrested 17 year old Bruce Bombard, of Halsey Court, Plattsburgh.
According to a city police press release, Bombard was charged with Arson second degree, a B felony, arson third degree, a C felony, and two counts of criminal mischief second degree, which are D felonies.
Bombard was arraigned in Plattsburgh City Court before Judge Mark Rogers on November 29. He was committed to the Clinton County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond.