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City Surveillance Cameras Lead to Blockbuster Fire Arrests

After nearly a month long investigation, Buffalo Fire Investigators have arrested two individuals in connection with the October 16th fire at the Blockbuster Video Store located at 765 Elmwood Avenue.

Arrested were: 21 year old Ibraheem Howard and 23 year old Andrew Jarnot both of Forest Avenue. Howard is charged with arson in the second degree, reckless endangerment in the first degree, criminal mischief in the second degree and trespassing.

Jarnot is charged with reckless endangerment in the first degree, criminal mischief in the second degree and trespassing.

Following the fire, that occurred just after 11:30pm on October 16th; investigators were immediately helped by the city’s surveillance camera system. The camera located at Elmwood Avenue between Auburn and Cleveland Avenues provided authorities with clues that eventually led to the arrests of the two suspects.

Currently there are 65 cameras through-out the city. Another 40 plus cameras are expected to begin being added by the end of this year.

Investigators believe the fire began in the basement of the Blockbuster Store. The fire caused $60,000 in damage to the structure and another $20,000 in damages to the contents.

The investigation was led by Fire Marshal Joseph Tomizzi. Also involved in the investigation were Fire Marshal’s Harold Emerson and Brian Martinez plus Lt. Sal Colangelo.

 Andrew Jarnot          Ibraheem Howard