LANSINGBURGH, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A local man claims he was the target of a Lansingburgh apartment fire.
A building on Second Avenue in Lansingburgh caught fire around 2:30 a.m. May 1. It left 13 people homeless, and one elderly neighbor was hospitalized. Police confirmed the fire was suspicious.
David DuBois lived on the second floor with his family. He said he was the intended target, and he is now living in fear that the people who set the fire will try to finish the job.
“They have nothing to lose right now,” he said.
DuBois said the three people captured on security camera the night his apartment building went up in flames are former friends who were exacting revenge for a fire set at their own apartment house in January.
DuBois called the May 1 fire a vendetta and had nothing to do with him being a Level One sex offender. He said it’s all an act of revenge for the January incident, though he said he never set that fire.
Sources close to the case said one potential suspect is being treated at a burn center in Syracuse, but DuBois says without any arrests, he still fears the trio will try to finish the job.
“The other two are fine,” he said. “They could come and harm me and my family at any time.”
DuBois said he has been threatened and punched in the face by his former neighbors who blame him for their troubles.
“It makes me angry because it stuck a lot of people in a situation that they shouldn’t have been in,” he said about his now displaced neighbors. “Cause an ongoing beef was between me and them, and it could have been taken somewhere else.”
DuBois also said the incident has exposed his criminal past as a Level One sex offender – the result of a statutory rape conviction 11 years ago.
“I know what’s been portrayed is that I’m an animal, and it’s not like that,” he said.
But DuBois can’t get himself off the radar of law enforcement. He admits he’s been questioned about some arsons this past summer.
No arrests have been made in the May 1 fire.