DATE/TIME: Friday, December 26th, 2008 / 01:30 PM
SUBJECT:Arrest Made in North Ferry House Fire

Schenectady Police detectives have charged a city man for intentionally setting a fire early this morning that caused damage to a multi-family residential structure at 21 North Ferry Street.

Roopnarine Pillai, 29, of 13 State Street Room 366, has been charged with 2nd Degree Arson, a B felony, for intentionally setting the fire at the residence of his girlfriend following an argument. The apartment set on fire was occupied by two individuals at the time the fire was set. All escaped without injury. Residents of eight apartments also escaped without injury.

In addition to the arson charge, Pillai was also charged with Criminal Contempt- 1st Degree for violating an order of protection issued on December 22, 2008 by City Court Judge Guido A. Loyola.

Pillai was located near the scene of the fire by responding patrolman. Approximately 8 residents of the building were displaced as a result of the fire. Pillai was arraigned by City Court Judge Guido A. Loyola this morning and remanded to the Schenectady County Jail without bail.