City FD Releases Causes of Several Recent Fires
Written by Dan Fischer on September 25, 2019
The City of Batavia Fire Department’s origin and cause team under the command of Captain Martin Hinz has determined through a systematic process of comparison examination, reconstruction of the fire scene, witness statements and a detailed examination of fire debris the cause of the following incidents:
July 4, 2019 13 Hutchins Street Under investigation
August 26, 2019 337 Bank Street Accidental, cooking related
August 31, 2019 18 East Avenue Accidental, electrical
September 17, 2019 511 Ellicott Street Accidental, cooking related
September 18, 2019 11 Garfield Avenue Accidental, mechanical failure
September 23, 2019 1 City Center (Island Hawaiian Grill) Accidental, spontaneous combustion
Chief Stefano Napolitano commends Captain Hinz and the other members of the investigation team for their dedication and diligence in determining the origin and cause of these fires. The process of investigating is never easy, however it is imperative that a determination is made so as to bring closure as well as enhance the possibility of not repeating the cause if possible.
The City of Batavia Fire Department was assisted in part by City of Batavia Police and the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control.