Three children – 15, 14, and 8 – accused of setting Otis Street warehouse fire

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Three Rochester children are believed to be behind the massive blaze at a westside warehouse in March.

The five-alarm fire displaced several families in the neighborhood and caused damage to some homes and garages on Rogers Avenue.

The Rochester Police and Rochester Fire Arson Task Force have been investigating. On June 6, a 14 and 15-year-old were charged with fourth-degree arson. Both were issued appearance tickets for Monroe County Family Court.

A third suspect is just 8. He was turned over to his parents, as he could not be charged under state law, according to RPD.

Police believe the suspects entered the warehouse, poured a flammable liquid onto a pillow, and set it on fire.

The Arson Task Force says the fire caused more than $1 million in damage.

Rochester Fire Department fights a fire on Otis Street on Monday, March 13, 2023. (Photo: Robert Sheppard/WHEC)