Man charged with Tonawanda arson

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) — City of Tonawanda Police have made an arrest in connection to a garage fire that occurred on June 16.

John E. Smith, 46, was arrested after an investigation conducted by City of Tonawanda Detectives and Tonawanda City Fire investigators into a fire in a garage behind the apartment that Smith resides in on Broad Street, according to police.

The fire reportedly caused $35,000 in damage to the garage and its contents.

Smith will face multiple charges including:

  • Arson
  • Criminal Reckless Endangerment of Property
  • Reckless Endangerment

Bail was set at $5,000 and Smith is set to return to court June 29 at 11 a.m. for a felony hearing. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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