An Oneida County woman has been charged with arson for allegedly setting fire at a home on the 100 block of Lexington Place in Utica.

Emergency responders were called to the residence just after 6:40PM on Saturday, March 5, 2022.

When responders from the Utica Fire Department and Utica Police Department arrived on the scene, the entire basement of the home was already engulfed in flames.

Fire crews quickly put out the fire before it spread to any more of the structure and to ensure that no one inside the residence was injured.  The fire did not spread to other buildings.

One man was pulled from the basement and taken to the hospital.  No other injuries were immediately reported.

Investigators with the Utica Police Department and the Utica Fire Marshall worked together to develop a possible cause of the fire.  Their investigation determined that it was an inside job and an individual who resided there had allegedly started it.

Ach Kal, a 38-year-old who resided at the home, was arrested on a charge of second degree arson.

Authorities have not released a potential motive for the fire.

Anyone with information that might be helpful to the investigation should call Utica Police.

[AUTHOR'S NOTE:   This post is for informational purposes and is based largely on information received from the Utica Police Department.  The reader is reminded that all suspects and arrested persons are innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.  At the time of this posting no additional information is available.]

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The City of Utica Police Department in Utica, New York has released its Top Ten Most Wanted List for the month of February 2022.

Several of those listed have previously been featured in separate posts about individual crimes, on a previous wanted list, or as the Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers Wanted Person of the Week.

The reader is reminded that all persons, either suspected of or arrested in connection to, a crime, are innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of any of the individuals listed is asked to call police or the local Crime Stoppers.

The Utica Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division can be reached at: (315) 223.3510.

Calls, e-mail, and messages may also be left anonymously with Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers by calling: 1-866-730-8477 (TIPS), by visiting, or by using the P3 Tips mobile app. All information received by Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers is 100% confidential.

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NEVER attempt to apprehend a fugitive yourself. If you have information on the location of any of these fugitives, you can contact OSI 24 hours a day / 7 days a week to report it. All leads and tips are treated as confidential information.

If an immediate response is necessary, such as you see the wanted person at a location, please call “911” and report it to the police.

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