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City of Little Falls Police Department
On the night of January 6th, 2020, and into the early hours of January 7th, 2020 there was a fire at the Snyder Apartment Building located at 8 West Main Street in the City of Little Falls. With a quick, efficient and professional response from the Little Falls Fire Department, the fire was quickly contained and extinguished. The fire damage was minimalized to a section of the third floor of the building; however, smoke and water damage permeated the building.
During the firefighting operations, a person was discovered and quickly removed from the building while life-saving measures took place. Unfortunately, that person, Timothy ‘Nimmer’ Regan, 60 years of age, and a resident of the 3rd floor succumbed to exposure to the fire. Additionally, the fire department removed approximately 20 other persons from the remaining portions of the building and additional injuries were limited to smoke inhalation to a few of those residents.
After the fire was extinguished, the Little Falls Police Department with the assistance of the Office of Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC) and the Little Falls Fire Department began an investigation into the cause of the fire. First Sergeant Justin Dibble was the lead investigator on this case, and has received help from many members of the Little Falls Police Department, continued assistance from OFPC, the Herkimer County District Attorney’s Office, and the case has remained actively under investigation since the night of this incident.
On April 23rd, 2020 the Little Falls Police Department arrested Patricia Nethaway, 48 years old, who at the time of the fire was a resident of the 5th floor. Nethaway at this time has been charged with Arson in the second degree, a class B felony. Nethaway is currently at the Herkimer County Correctional Facility in Lieu of $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond.
On April 24th, 2020 the Little Falls Police Department arrested Amber Roche (pronounced row-shay), 37 years old of Little Falls. Roche was charged with Arson in the second degree, a Class B Felony, and she remains at the Herkimer County Correctional Facility in lieu of $75,000 cash or $150,000 bond
In closing, we would like to thank everyone who assisted with this investigation to bring it to this point. We would also like to commend the 911 center and the fire departments for their efficient response which saved many more lives. The investigation remains active and additional charges are probable. Our thoughts continue to remain with the Regan family over the loss of their father, brother, uncle, and nephew.