The man suspected of setting the fire that killed more than two dozen racehorses at Tioga Downs Casino Resort faces several felony charges.

Authorities said 32-year-old Boyd Fenton of Athens, Pennsylvania was arrested in connection with the blaze that tore through a horse stable at the racetrack in the town of Nichols.

According to New York State Police, an investigation revealed Fenton entered the barn and set the fire that caused thousands of dollars worth of damage.

The blaze was reported shortly after 6:30 a.m. Thursday. Several fire departments from Tioga and Bradford counties were sent to the racetrack complex.

A person who entered the burning structure in an effort to save the horses sustained second-degree burns. He was taken to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre for treatment. His name and condition were not released.

State police said Fenton has been charged with third-degree arson and third-degree burglary. He also faces felony counts of second-degree criminal mischief and second-degree assault.

Fenton was arraigned Thursday afternoon and sent to Tioga County Jail in Owego.

Tioga Downs owner Jeff Gural released a brief statement regarding the fire:

‘We are deeply saddened by today’s tragedy, it was a loss no one could have imagined or expected.  It is an active investigation so we are not able to comment any further at this time. We would like to express our sincere gratitude for all of the first responders who rushed to our aid, we have a wonderful community and we are honored to be a part of it.’

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