Arson involved in Riverdale house fire

A firefighter carries a hose after an apparent mattress fire at this Second St. West home on Nov. 25, 2014. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – City police say a fire in the basement of a Riverdale home, which caused extensive smoke and water damage, was deliberately set.

Const. Dan Cloutier tells Cornwall Newswatch there’s an ongoing criminal investigation which will be handled by the Criminal Investigation Division.

Cloutier says warrants will need to be processed to continue with their investigation on the “confirmed arson.”

Ten Cornwall firefighters were on the scene at 1411 Second Street West just after 8 a.m. this morning.

It’s believed a mattress may have caught fire filling the split-level home with smoke.

Fire Chief Richard McCullough says the point of origin is a basement bedroom and damage is estimated to be $5,000-$10,000.

Firefighters had to smash a window to allow the thick smoke to escape the building.

The occupants of the home escaped without injury.

Firefighters wrapped up their work around 9:40 a.m.

The fire prevention officer was on scene this morning but quickly turned the case over to police.

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