Auburn PD, FD investigating several arsons over past 3 months

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AUBURN, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The Auburn Police Department and Auburn Fire Department are investigating a rash of arsons that have happened across the city the last three months.

The first group of fires was set to structures, like porches and sheds.

Structure fires

  • 03/11/20 Howard St. Shed Fire, around 2:30 AM
  • 03/11/20 Howard St. Attempted Arson around 2:30 AM
  • 05/14/20 Sherman St. Porch Fire around 12:30 AM
  • 05/24/20 Genesee St. Dumpster Fire around 1:45 AM 
  • 06/10/20 Sheridan St. Porch Fire around 4:45 PM
Facebook photo of damage to a vehicle

The second group were fires that were set to vehicles.

Vehicle fires

  • 06/08/20 Steel St. at 2:45 AM
  • 06/14/20 Curtis Pl. around 12:45 PM
  • 06/16/20 Mary St. around 4:30 AM

“The first vehicle was well engulfed and basically totaled,” said Detective Sean DeRosa. “The second vehicle, enough damage to the point where the insurance did total the vehicle. And the third vehicle, just yesterday, the fire never took full effect, so it did very minimal damage.”

Security footage did catch a person leaving the scene of a dumpster fire on Genesee Street on May 24, and police are looking to identify and interview that person.

According to officers, the suspect looks to be a while tale with a stockier build.

Anyone with information regarding any of the incidents is asked to contact Auburn Fire Department Investigator Travis Poole at (315) 253-4031 or tpoole@auburnny.gov or Detective Sean DeRosa at (315) 255-4706 or sderosa@auburnny.gov. Callers may remain anonymous.

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