Updated: Suspect Under Arrest for City Arson Attempt

A suspect, who allegedly planned to burn a Hilldale Avenue duplex, is being held by New York police and will be extradited back to Massachusetts to face charges.

Jennifer Mieth, public information officer for state Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey, confirmed the arrest this morning.

Haverhill Fire and Police and the state Fire Marshal’s office are investigating the unsuccessful attempt to burn a duplex condominium a little more than a week ago.

Haverhill police report responding to an arson call Saturday, March 18, just before 4:30 in the morning, at 493 Hilldale Ave. Citing the ongoing investigation, Fire Chief William F. Laliberty, said he could offer few details.

“Someone tried to light something on fire. An active investigation underway,” the chief said. He described the damage as “minimal,” but the investigation’s focus is on intent.