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Arson arrest made in fatal Hulett Street fire

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The Saratoga Springs man who police say started a quadruple fatal fire in Schenectady has been charged. Our Erin Vannella has the story.

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- Friday morning, Schenectady police charged Robert Butler, 27, with arson in the first degree in connection to the Hulett Street fire.

“Still an open investigation as far as additional charges for Mr. Butler, it's always possible. That'll be through the DA's office and as the grand jury deems appropriate,” said Lt. Mark McCracken, Schenectady Police.

Fire investigators meanwhile continue to go in and out of the burned home. Officials say a liquid accelerant was used to start the fire.

“We're still examining the scene, still putting the pieces together and it's a process and it takes a little while,” said Michael DellaRocco, Schenectady Fire Chief.

More than 24 hours after the fire started, one of five fire victims is still fighting for her life. Five-year-old Sa'fyre Terry suffered burns to 95 percent of her body. Three of her siblings, Michael and Layah Terry and Doovan Duell, died. David Terry, 32, also was pronounced dead at the scene.

Schenectady police said Butler is known to the residents of the second floor, but they would not go into further detail.

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