Police say a 63-year-old was arrested on multiple charges after a fire alarm activation at the Yates County Office Building.
Betsy Heffernan, 63, of Penn Yan was charged with third-degree burglary and attempted arson following an investigation around 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
According to a news release, the Penn Yan Fire Department was dispatched to the fire alarm activation around 6:47 p.m.
Firefighters detected smoke and located Heffernan at the scene. A Yates County employee informed police that they found Heffernan in a bathroom around the fire’s origin.
Heffernan entered the building prior to close of business and remained in the building after it closed. She then set a fire inside the building.
Police and a fire investigation team ruled it to be intentionally set.
Heffernan also admitted to setting the fire during the investigation.
The charges will be answered at a later date.
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