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Suspect in deadly Fitch Street fire indicted on counts of murder, arson

Charles Dubois in court on May 10, 2018. (Photojournalist Dennis Harmon)

A man accused of setting a fire that claimed four lives in Syracuse earlier this year has been indicted by a grand jury.

Records show Charles Dubois was indicted on four counts of first-degree murder and four counts of second-degree murder, along with two counts of Arson.

A felony complaint against Dubois claims he set two fires inside the Fitch Street home on April 5, while knowing the rest of the family was asleep, and left.

"The fire grew, undetected until discovered by the remaining occupants, who called 911 and advised they were trapped inside," the felony complaint says.

Dubois also lived in the home and is a family member of four victims who died as a result of their injuries: Hunter Dubois, 1, Susan Wagner, 45, Michael Dubois, 16, and Korinna Dubois, 18.

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A fifth victim, James Gower, 51, escaped the fire by jumping from a second-floor window and suffered minor injuries, police said. A firefighter was also injured after falling through stairs while responding to the fire at the home. A second firefighter also suffered burns to the face.

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