Endicott Fire Investigation: Arson Reward Posters Placed at Scene
Posters announcing a cash reward for those responsible for arson fires have been posted at the scene of a fast-moving blaze in Endicott's Union District.
Last Thursday evening's fire caused extensive damage to a large house located at the entrance to the Cider Mill on Nanticoke Avenue.
No serious injuries were reported in the blaze, which was confined primarily to the front portion of the two-story structure.
Village firefighters were assisted at the scene by units from several neighboring departments.
Endicott police department officials have not been available to comment on their investigation into the cause of the blaze.
Representatives of the Broome County Bureau of Fire Investigation did not immediately return a call seeking information about the case.
Endicott fire chief Joseph Griswold on Monday afternoon said county fire investigators had not apprised him of a possible cause. He said he had not been aware that the arson reward posters had been placed at the scene.
The signs state a cash reward is being offered by the Broome County Fire Chiefs Association "for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the arson." The phone number for the county arson hotline is (607) 778-1300.
Although the house was heavily damaged, Griswold said it has not been ordered demolished. He said that will be up to the owners and their insurance company.
The fire chief said an order to tear down a damaged structure could be issued if it were deemed to be posing an imminent safety hazard.