2 charged in fatal fire in Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — Two 18-year-olds have been charged with murder and arson following a fatal fire in Niagara Falls.

This past July, Ward Schall became trapped in his apartment on Niagara St. while the building was engulfed in flames. Prosecutors say the fire was incendiary in nature.

As a result of what happened, Zachary Preisch and Damion Ellis have been arrested.

Both Preisch and Ellis pleaded not guilty to the charges, and each man was placed in custody on $100,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing in this case is set to take place on Friday.

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