On April 12, 2022, at approximately 1:37 a.m., the Watervliet Police Department responded to a structure fire at 1409 Broadway. Upon arrival, first responders observed a heavy fire condition at the basement apartment entryway. In addition, a vehicle nearby the residence sustained extensive damage not as a result of the fire. All 12 occupants in the building were safely evacuated with no injuries.

At the conclusion of an investigation conducted by the Watervliet Police Department, Watervliet Fire Department and the NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control, it was determined that Helena M. Hall intentionally started the fire, along with damaging a vehicle owned by one of the residents.

On April 13, 2022, Watervliet police detectives charged Hall, a 34-year-old female from Cohoes (photo attached) with Arson in the 2nd Degree (Class B Felony), Criminal Mischief in the 2nd Degree (Class D Felony) and 12 counts of Reckless Endangerment in the 1st Degree (Class D Felony). Hall was arraigned in Watervliet City Court and remanded to the Albany County Correctional Facility without bail.

We also want to thank the Cohoes Police Department and the Albany County Sheriff’s Office for their support in this matter.