Cops: NY teen set fire that killed dad, 2 brothers

December 7, 2011 - 1:55 PM
House Fire Three Killed

Emergency personnel investigate outside a home after a fire in Webster, NY on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011. Authorities say a man and two teenage boys have died Fire officials say a neighbor reported the blaze around 1:15 a.m. Wednesday. Al Sienkiewicz of the West Webster Fire District says the man and one of the boys died at the scene. A second teenage boy died after being taken to a Rochester hospital. Sienkiewicz says an adult female and a teenage girl suffered minor injuries. He says officials haven't confirmed if the victims were all from the same family. (AP Photo/Democrat and Chronicle, Tina Yee)

WEBSTER, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a 15-year-old boy poured gasoline throughout his upstate New York home and set it ablaze, killing his adoptive father and two brothers.

Michael Pilato was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder and arson, hours after the early morning fire at his home in Webster, a Rochester suburb.

The Monroe County district attorney has asked that Pilato undergo a mental evaluation before being sent to a juvenile lockup. Pilato doesn't have a lawyer yet, and no plea was entered.

Police say Pilato poured the gas and set the house ablaze at around 1 a.m. They haven't discussed a motive.

His father, Carmen Pilato, and two younger brothers, Peter and Joshua, were killed. Neighbors say they believe all the children were adopted.

Mother Elaine Pilato and sister Elizabeth suffered minor injuries.