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Thursday, June 23, 2022

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries last week:

Arson fires proving costly to local volunteers in Wyoming County

ORANGEVILLE — An apparent serial arsonist is proving “costly in both equipment and injury” to local volunteer firefighters and officials are looking to the public for help. Wyoming County Sheriff Gregory Rudolph said “this is a very active investigation” and that anyone with information should contact his department.**

Fires have erupted at three locations on consecutive Saturday nights, a time that is often difficult to get volunteers to respond. Yet, they have, with as many as a dozen departments arriving at the scene or on standby.

Saturday, two firefighters, one from Warsaw and one from Silver Springs, were injured battling a large tire fire in a bunk silo on Quakertown Road.

The injuries proved minor and both were treated at Wyoming County Community Hospital and released.

“These crimes have proven to be costly in both equipment and injury to volunteer personnel and show the inherent risk in fire response,” Rudolph said in a press release.

The three fires:

  • Saturday, June 4 at 11:07 p.m. at a vacant house at 3856 Hermitage Rd. in Orangeville.
  • Saturday, June 11 at 11:08 p.m. at 4050 Hermitage Rd. in Wethersfield. The vacant house, like the one in Orangeville, is owned by Marquart Brothers.
  • Saturday at 11:42 p.m. The bunk silo fire. The property is owned by TJ Marquart and Sons.

Rudolph said the Hermitage Road fire resulted in a Strykersville Fire Department tanker truck being “significantly damaged during a refill operation.”

Last year, another abandoned house owned by Marquarts was set fire. It is not known whether that is connected to the recent fires.

**Anyone with information can contact Captain Ed Till at (585) 786-8989 or the Sheriff’s Department confidential tip line at (585) 787-8965.

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