A Webster man charged with trying to burn down an apartment building he owns in Rochester pleaded not guilty on Thursday.
Eric Reynolds will remain behind bars. During a court appearance on Thursday, he pleaded not guilty to arson and criminal possession of a weapon.
Prosecutors say that weapon is the explosive device that was inside the building he owned at 401 Ridgeway Avenue. One device did detonate, and prosecutors say it detonated in the main hallway of the building, damaging it. There were other devices inside as well, according to prosecutors.
Reynolds is being held on no bail. Prosecutors will present the case to a grand jury.
Personal account from a friend of FFCC:
The other day FF got a verbal for a smell of gasoline. They responded to a vacant 2 story apt bldg. They had an odor of gasoline from the building. They used a ladder to gain entry, once inside They found pipe bombs, pressure pads, buckets of gasoline, holes in the walls & ceilings. etc. Was rigged outside to an egg timer. Is an unconfirmed report of a propane tank rigged as a bomb as well. Guy has been arrested. They believe that the guy set the IED’s to keep FF from extinguishing the fire that was never started. I know a guy that works at that station. He said on Sunday, a FF was outside and heard a small explosion. That was 1 of the pipe bombs that went off premature. This bldg is a stones throw from the firehouse. He dismissed it as shots fired. Is a very scary situation, if the suspect did lite the building on fire, FF could have been killed by the IED’s going off.