Gloversville man set fire at occupied residence during domestic dispute, police say

GLOVERSVILLE – A Gloversville man started a fire at an occupied residence during a domestic dispute early Friday morning, authorities said.

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Craig Ruise, Sr., 48, was arrested and charged with one count of second-degree arson, a felony.

He is accused of intentionally starting a fire at a St. Thomas Place residence just before 3 a.m. Friday morning by lighting a t-shirt on fire and throwing it through an open exterior door window of the building, according to police allegations filed in court.

The building was occupied at the time by a woman with whom he’d had an ongoing domestic violence incident with, according to the allegations. He also knew she was still inside the building as he had seen her inside seconds prior, according to the allegations.

The incident resulted in damage to the floor of the building, just inside the door, according to the allegations.

Second-degree arson carries a maximum possible sentence of 25 years in state prison.

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