A Hudson Valley man allegedly knew people were inside of a "Cheers like bar" when he set the pub on fire.

On Wednesday, August 8, the Village of Liberty Police Department confirmed a New York man was arrested for allegedly lighting a building on fire with people inside.

PD: Sullivan County, New York Man Accused of Setting Fire to Village of Liberty, New York "Cheers Like Bar"


On Tuesday, August 9, 2022, the Village of Liberty Police Department arrested Mateo Rodriguez of the Village of Liberty following an investigation into a structure fire. Village of Liberty Police initially responded to a report of a structure fire at the Liberty Pub bar on Edgar Street in the Village of Liberty.

"The Liberty Pub is a Gin Mill located on a quiet street in Liberty New York," The Liberty Pub writes in the About section on Facebook. "We are a 'Cheers' like Bar where 'everyone knows your name!'

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New York Man Sets Fire To Sullivan County, New York Bar

A preliminary investigation of the fire indicated the fire was started intentionally, police say.

Liberty Pub/FB
Liberty Pub/FB

Rodriguez was arrested following an investigation by the Village of Liberty Police and Sullivan County Bureau of Fire Arson Investigators.

Rodriguez knew people were inside the bar when he started the fire, police say.


"It is alleged that at approximately 10:00 p.m. Rodriguez intentionally lit fire to a container of gasoline under the rear porch of the Liberty Pub Bar while having knowledge that individuals were still present in the building," the Village of Liberty Police Department stated in a press release.

Police did not say how the investigation led to Rodriguez being arrested.


Village of Liberty Police Department
Village of Liberty Police Department

Rodriguez was charged with arson in the second degree, reckless endangerment in the first degree and criminal mischief in the second degree, all felonies.

The Village of Liberty Police Department was assisted by the Sullivan County Bureau of Fire and the Liberty Fire Department.

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