Recent Fire – Eviction Topics at Thursday’s Public Safety Meeting

October 12th, 2017

HORNELL, NY – Hornell Fire Chief Dan Smith gave the Board of Public safety a detailed account about the recent fire that consumed the interior of the Salvation Army Thrift store on the corner of Centre Street in the city Tuesday evening.

According to Smith, the department got the call at 8:31 pm and upon arrival the interior was billowing smoke and after a quick evaluation it was decided to attack the fire from the rear. With the use of a thermal imager that enables firemen to see through smoke, the actual fire was pinpointed and attacked accordingly.

Smith praised the perseverance and diligence of all departments involved and credited them for saving the building structure. When asked if there was any determination yet to the cause of the fire, Smith replied that they think it started on one of the many power strips in the rear of the building used to test electronics that are brought into the store.

Also Police Chief Ted Murray updated the board on the recent encounter on Hill Street concerning an attempted eviction of a tenant. According to Murray, the occupant was not happy about the idea of being permanently removed from the residence and decided to go after the officers with a long handled axe. “The number of officers present was not planned, just a coincidence as there was fire arms training going on at the top of the hill,” explained the chief. “When the officers got wind of what was going on, they all kind of migrated to the scene which gave the impression that it was a major incidence.

Arrested at the scene was 27 year old Joshua Iserro, who is out on $5000 cash bail, or $10,000 property bond.