State Police: Man living in vehicle tries to burn down house

ALMOND, N.Y. (WIVB) — New York State Police say a man tried to burn someone’s house down in Allegany County.

On Wednesday, the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation responded to a house fire in Almond that fire crews determined to be suspicious.

Previously, a man named Gary Marvel, 74, bought a van and a farm tractor from the homeowner. Troopers say Marvel tried to return them at a later time, but the homeowner would not give him a refund.

After interviews with the homeowner and neighbors, Marvel was determined to be the suspect. State Police say he had been seen with items used to start a fire.

Marvel, who lives out of his vehicle, was found and arrested. After that, he was placed in the Allegany County Jail on $5,000 bail. 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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