A year-long investigation into a suspicious fire is over with the arrest of a Town of Columbus man on a felony arson charge.

Gary Talkiewicz/ Townsquare Binghamton
Gary Talkiewicz/ Townsquare Binghamton

Chenango County Sheriff’s officials say 35-year-old Kenneth Fink was arrested Friday, March 26.  He is accused of setting fire to his home on State Highway 80 in New Berlin on March 1 of last year.

Sheriff’s officials say numerous fire departments responded to the home at 4322 State Highway 80 last year and found a fire in the basement of the home.  Authorities quickly suspected criminal activity and launched the lengthy investigation.

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After a year, the Sheriff’s Office Detectives, Chenango County Bureau of Fire Investigators and District Attorney’s office presented evidence to a Grand Jury for the indictment.

Fink was released following his arraignment.

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