Man suspected of setting Grant Street fires arrested

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) –  Buffalo Fire Marshals have arrested a man accused of setting a string of fires on the city’s West Side.

They brought in 26-year-old Alister Bouvart for questioning Friday night and authorities said he confessed to some of the crimes.

3 (2)From 4:30a.m. – 6:30 a.m. Thursday ten fires were started. All of them were lit in garbage piles, trash bins or donation boxes. Some even spread and ignited structures on fire.

By Thursday night authorities released a surveillance photo. “Investigators relied heavily on both city and public surveillance cameras… to track the progression of the arsons and used some of the video to develop a person of interest” said Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield.

The video and tips from the public led authorities to Bouvart’s home on Laird Street.

“The Buffalo Fire Marshals literally worked around the clock on this investigation” said (D) Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.

Bouvart is accused of creating more than $250,000 in damages. Authorities explained that the worst one was the fire at the corner of Grant and Pooley. It started in a donation box then spread to the attic of an apartment.

Three firefighters and one police officer were hurt at that fire. Two firefighters were burned on their neck and ears. One firefighter and a police officer suffered from smoke inhalation. All of them have been treated and released.

“They’re in good spirits. They are at home recuperating” said Whitfield.

Bouvart now faces ten counts of arson, criminal mischief and a reckless endangerment charge.

Even though the 26-year-old is behind bars, fire marshals, police and the ATF explained that there’s still more to uncover. They are looking for a motive in this case and whether an accelerant was used.

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