SARANAC LAKE - A local woman was arraigned in Franklin County Court last week on a felony arson charge for allegedly setting a fire that damaged a Park Avenue apartment building in May.
Nancy Nixon, 35, was originally charged with three felonies in village court in September: second-degree arson, second-degree criminal mischief and eight counts of first-degree reckless endangerment.
A Franklin County Grand Jury indicted Nixon on the charge of arson in the second degree on Nov. 1, and she was arraigned on that charge Friday in county court.
District Attorney Derek Champagne said the class B felony has a potential sentence of 25 years in prison.
She was remanded to the county jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond.
The former cure cottage at 169 Park Ave., owned by the Nicastro family, has seven apartments in it. The building's tenants escaped unharmed, and damage was contained mostly to a second-floor hallway where the fire was started.
Champagne said he didn't have any comment on the case.
"We're really not releasing anything on it, because arson cases are always very difficult cases," Champagne said. "Because, quite often, your evidence is consumed during the commission of the crime."