Man says he’s not guilty of setting Galleria on fire |

Man says he’s not guilty of setting Galleria on fire

SACRAMENTO (AP) – The man accused of starting a fire that severely damaged the Galleria mall in Roseville blurted out in court that he is “not guilty” when he made his first court appearance.

A Placer Superior Court judge did not enter a plea for 23-year-old Alexander Corney Piggee on Monday and scheduled another court date for Thursday to give his family time to hire an attorney.

Last week’s fire started in a section of the Galleria and erupted into a huge blaze, destroying 20 stores and causing portions of the roof to collapse. Firefighters were kept from going into the mall over fears that a bomb was inside.

Roseville officials refused Monday to say whether the sprinkler system was shut off during the blaze, citing an ongoing investigation.

Information from: The Sacramento Bee,

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