Two arraigned on charges related to April fire in Amherst

(Western Mass news photo)

Two people are facing charges in connection with a fire in Amherst earlier this year.

Mary Carey, spokesperson for the Northwestern District Attorney's office, said that 21-year-old Andrew Ho and 23-year-old Laban Christenson were arraigned Monday in Eastern Hampshire District Court on charges including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, burning wood, wanton destruction of property over $1,200, possession of unlawful fireworks, and a miscellaneous fire violation.

Ho is also facing a charge of disconnecting a sprinkler system.

Carey noted that charges relate to a fire that broke out at 258 Main Street in Amherst on April 29.

That fire displaced 20 residents, who were all UMass students, and sent one person to the hospital with burn injuries.

Both Ho and Christenson were released on personal recognizance, with another court hearing scheduled for August 6.

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