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Wayne Post
  • Palmyra fire case goes to court

  • The investigation into the fire that destroyed three buildings and damaged a fourth in downtown Palmyra has revealed to police how the fire started and who started it, but it is now up to 25 people to determine whether it was a crime.

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  • The investigation into the fire that destroyed three buildings and damaged a fourth in downtown Palmyra has revealed to police how the fire started and who started it, but it is now up to 25 people to determine whether it was a crime.
    Investigators have remained silent about the details of the case, which have now been handed over to Wayne County District Attorney Rick Healy. Reports that an arrest has been made are inaccurate, he said, although they do have a suspect. The case will go before a grand jury on Tuesday, June 4.
    “If there is an indictment, there will be an arrest,” Healy said. “That will be released to media after an arrest is made. I cannot comment further.”
    The fire broke out Friday afternoon, May 3 in a third floor apartment at 236 E. Main St. in the village. Sixteen fire companies from three counties battled the blaze for about four hours before bringing it under control. The fire spread quickly from building to building due to a lack of fire walls, which are required in new construction. These buildings, each of which housed ground-floor businesses and two stories of apartments, were built back in the 1800s long before the fire regulations were in effect.
    After inspection by structural engineers from MRB Group, the village has condemned three of buildings. The fourth building, closest to Converse & Morell law offices, has been deemed repairable, although what the owner will do with the building is unknown at this time.
    Mayor Chris Piccola said the building owners have 30 days from the date they were served notification that the buildings were condemned to file a plan with the village for demolition. The village has not yet received those plans, he said.
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