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Two Teens Arrested in High Profile Arson Case

Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown announced Friday morning that two teenage males have been arrested in connection with an arson fire that critically injured Buffalo Firefighter Mark Reed last June. Mayor Brown was joined by Investigators from numerous agencies including the Buffalo Police Homicide Squad, Buffalo Fire Officials and the Erie County District Attorney's Office.

A special Task Force, made up of the various agencies, have worked together for months to solve the case. Investigators say they've arrested two teenagers, who were both 15 years old at the time of the incident, and charged them with setting the fire in a vacant house on Wende Street on June 10th of last year.

In that blaze, Firefighter Mark Reed was critically injured when a chimney collapsed on him. Reed suffered a multitude of injuries including amputation of his right leg, a fractured skull, several broken ribs and a punctured lung.

Investigators said due to the ages of the suspects, they'll be petitioned to Family Court and face juvenile delinquency charges. Also because of their ages, Investigators would not release their names. Investigators did stress the case is still ongoing and that the suspects could face additional charges.

Mayor Brown and other City Officials said they will push for stiffer penalties in arsons where firefighters are injured. Officials said they will press the State to change the laws.