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Jamestown man held on arson charge

Eric L. Goodlow

JAMESTOWN — No one was injured when two Molotov cocktails were tossed on the porch of a Jamestown residence early Wednesday.

Police took 49-year-old Eric L. Goodlow into custody on a felony first-degree arson charge following a brief investigation. Officers were first alerted at about 1:50 a.m. of a porch fire at 514 Monroe St.

According to Capt. Robert Samuelson of the Jamestown Police Department, Goodlow intentionally threw two incendiary devices at the residence. They landed below a first-floor window.

“This incident was the result of an ongoing dispute between the suspect and the victims and was not a random act,” Samuelson said. “We had an investigator working the case soon after it was reported and has worked the case with other investigators through (Wednesday). Ultimately the suspect was taken into custody early this afternoon at his residence in Jamestown.”

The property sustained fire damage to its floor and vinyl siding that also moved up the side of the porch. The fire was quickly doused in the early morning hours by members of the Jamestown Fire Department.

“If the fire had gone unnoticed for several more minutes it would have likely consumed the home,” Samuelson said. “The occupants, however, were able to immediately notice the fire and were able to exit and call for fire response.”

Goodlow was being held for arraignment in Jamestown City Court.

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