AUBURN — An Auburn man has denied setting a fire that destroyed a two-family home in Cayuga County. 

Ryan Wilson pleaded not guilty Tuesday to one count of second-degree arson. The 30-year-old was arrested late last year after police said he set fire to his Auburn apartment. 

According to the Auburn Police Department, at around 3 a.m. on Nov. 3, 2016, Wilson intentionally set a fire in his downstairs apartment at 7 West St. after an argument with another occupant of the home. The fire quickly spread throughout the whole house, displacing 10 people who lived in the home as well as six occupants of the house next door. Two dogs and a hamster died in the fire. 

If convicted, Wilson could face up to 25 years in prison. He was taken to Cayuga County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash, $30,000 bond. 

Wilson is due back in court May 23. 

Also in court: 

• A Scipio woman has admitted to forging more than $1,500 in checks.

Tara Sathre, of 3968 Wycoff Road, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of second-degree forgery, a class D felony. The 31-year-old told Judge Mark Fandrich she illegally signed someone's name and cashed roughly $1,760 in checks in August 2016. 

Sathre could face up to seven years in prison, but Fandrich agreed to sentence her to six months in jail and five years probation. Her sentencing is scheduled for May 9. 

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