Rochester man indicted for fatal Hancock Street fire

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. – A Monroe County grand jury indicted a Rochester man for the apartment fire on Hancock Street that killed a 78-year-old Army veteran in January.

Leshawn Scott is charged with second-degree murder, arson, and assault. He’s a twice-convicted felon and sex offender. Police say a woman living in an apartment in the building got into a domestic dispute with Scott, who did not live in the home.

Police say Scott intentionally set the fire in her apartment before running off. That fire killed 78-year-old Christine Cannon who was trapped on the third floor.

The fire fully engulfed the building, displacing the tenants of nine apartments. A firefighter suffered from lower body burns and two tenants had to go to the hospital for smoke inhalation. Cannon was trapped after the interior stairs going to the third floor and the roof collapsed.