New York: Fire kills dozens of horses at Tioga Downs; man charged with arson

New York: Fire kills dozens of horses at Tioga Downs; man charged with arson

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November 9, 2023 8:23 PM
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A man who intentionally set fire to a Tioga Downs horse barn on Thursday morning, killing more than two dozen racehorses and injuring at least one person, has been taken into custody, authorities said.

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State Police responded to the structure fire just after 6:34 a.m. Thursday at the Tioga Downs Casino complex in Nichols. Troopers are investigating the case as an act of arson.

Boyd H. Fenton, 32, of Athens, Penn., was charged with third-degree arson, third-degree burglary, second-degree criminal mischief and second-degree assault, all felonies, state police said in a Thursday evening update.

Fenton was taken to the Tioga County Correctional Facility, police said.