Man admits setting fires

ELIZABETHTOWN (AP) – A 44-year-old man has pleaded guilty to arson charges stemming from fires he set in several locations in a northern New York village early last year.

The Press Republican of Plattsburgh reports that Joseph King of Port Henry admitted in Essex County Court on Thursday that he tried to burn down part of the business district in his hometown.

Authorities say King set the fires early on the morning of Jan. 2, 2012. Among the properties he torched was the Mountain Lake Services’ downtown office building and an adjoining structure, causing $500,000 in damage. King had been fired from his job as a residential-care aide in 2008.

He’ll be sentenced to four to 14 years in state prison on May 16.