Afton Man Arrested After Starting Fire At Bassett Hospital
Published: October 21st, 2022

COOPERSTOWN - On October 17, 2022, New York State Police at Richfield Springs arrested Raymond P. Sidlauskas,  age 66 of Afton, NY or the class “B” felony of Arson in the second degree. 

Troopers were dispatched by Otsego County 911 to a report of an arson at Bassett Hospital. An investigation revealed that Sidlauskas intentionally lit a trash can on fire and caused tens of thousands of dollars of damage to hospital room and medical equipment. Several rooms were evacuated due to the fire and over a dozen patients, including nurses and a security guard were treated for smoke inhalation. The fire was extinguished by employees at the hospital. 

Sidlauskas was arrested by Troopers and processed at SP Richfield Springs.  He was then transported to the Otsego County Jail for Centralized Arraignment.  

— Information from NYS Police