Update: Police Say Potsdam Fire Set Intentionally
Potsdam police say they believe the fire that left 10 college students homeless early Friday morning was set intentionally.
Police say a woman who lived in a first-floor bedroom is believed to be responsible for the fire at 28 Pierrepont Avenue in Potsdam.
Fire officials say it appears items were piled on the floor inside the bedroom around 1:30 a.m. and then purposely ignited.
A source said the woman was taken to the mental health unit at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg.
Nine of the students who lived in the apartment building escaped the burning structure without injury.
Another student wasn't at home. Officials say the residents were students at SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton.
Four students lived in the apartment where the fire is believed to have started.
Several of the students who lived in the apartment house returned to the fire scene to salvage whatever they could of their belongings.
The building was declared a total loss and has been condemned because of structural damage.
SUNY Potsdam spokeswoman Alexandra Jacobs says the college is helping the students find a new place to live.
Sunday, July 5, 2015, Watertown, NY
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