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Tragedy at Tioga Downs, arsonist arrested, GoFundMe started

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Dozens of horses dead, many suffering burns and injury

From the NYS Police,

On November 9, 2023, New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation arrested Boyd H. Fenton, age 32 of Athens, P.A. after a fire at a barn structure at the Tioga Downs Casino complex. Over two-dozen racehorses died in the fire. Donate now:

Fenton has been charged with:

Arson in the third degree, class “C” felony

Burglary in the third degree, class “D” felony

Criminal Mischief in the second, class “D” felony

Assault in the second degree, class “D” felony

An investigation revealed that Fenton entered the barn and intentionally set a fire, causing thousands of dollars’ worth of damage.

One person who entered the burning barn in an attempt to save horses suffered second degree burns and was transported to Robert Packer Hospital for treatment.

Fenton was arraigned before a judge this afternoon and remanded to the Tioga County Correctional Facility.

Troopers on scene were assisted by Nichols Fire and multiple mutual aid agencies including: Tioga Center Fire Dept, Waverly-Barton Fire Dept, Pennsylvania Fire Departments including Wyndham Township, Athens Fire and Athens Borough Fire, Greater Valley EMS, Bradford County Rehab trailer. Other responding and assisting agencies include Tioga County Emergency Services, Tioga County Fire Investigation, New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control, and New York State Police.

The investigation is ongoing.

The New York State Police would like to offer condolences to affected individuals and families that lost their beloved animals during this tragic incident.

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