A homeless man has been charged with arson after setting a fire inside a self-storage unit last week at a CubeSmart in Riverhead, New York. The Dec. 15 blaze affected five units, with one completely gutted, according to a source.
A police officer patrolling the area noticed smoke emanating from 99 Mill Road at 1:45 a.m. After driving onto the property, they discovered a fire burning inside one of the units. A man was standing outside the space and screaming for help.
It took firefighters more than two hours to contain the inferno, said Riverhead Fire Department Chief Bill Kelly.
Robert Lazazzaro, 60, has been charged with one count of fourth-degree arson and was released on an appearance ticket. Though he wasn’t harmed in the event, he was taken to a local hospital for a prior injury, sources reported.
Headquartered in Malvern, Pennsylvania, CubeSmart owns or manages more than 1,250 self-storage facilities across the United States. Its operating portfolio comprises 86.8 million square feet.
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