A devastating house fire last week that took the life of a 58-year-old man was later discovered to be intentionally set aflame.

According to New York State Police, the house fire occurred just before 2 PM on Friday, June 7th in the Town of Livingston. The house was located on Route 9, where troopers arrived at the scenes shortly after receiving the call about the fire. 

Upon arrival, officers discovered that there were people trapped inside the residence. The fire was extinguished in only 15 minutes, according to WNYT-TV. Sadly, there was one person who did not survive the fire. 

A news release from New York State confirmed that Edmund W. Metz, a 58-year-old man from Livingston, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

While the cause of the fire remains under investigation, police have reason to believe that it was a 15-year-old girl who set the fire on purpose, according to Times Union. She has been charged with second-degree murder and first-degree arson, and she was arrested within 30 minutes of the fire being extinguished.  

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Many are suspecting what may have gone down that day that led to the fire, but police are not able to add any additional comments at this time as the investigation continues. 

Edmund Metz’s niece, Liz, commented on Facebook about what kind of person he was and the relationship he had with the teenage girl who has been charged. 

Liz wrote, “He’s my uncle!! She was loved by the entire family!!”


“Respectfully, the family shouldn’t have to see assumptions being made and his character doubted. He was a good man!” she wrote on Facebook. 

Another report claims that the 15-year-old girl charged with murder is the daughter of the victim. 

The 15-year-old was arraigned before Honorable Judge Howard of the Columbia County Court, who sent her to Columbia County Jail. 

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