Charges Pending in Friday's Fire


Charges are pending against the person who set a Hamlin Township building on fire Friday afternoon.

In a fax sent to WESB and The HERO, State Police Fire Marshal Greg Agosti says he and the state Department of Environmental Protection conducted an investigation into the fire at 61 Old Bradford Road at 3:15 p.m. on Friday. “A known actor” ignited the remains of the building, owned by 55-year-old Courtney Ahlberg of Kane, with the intent of disposing of it.

A passing motorist and neighbors reported the fire. Mount Jewett, Hamlin Township and Smethport fire departments responded. No one was hurt, but a nearby building also owned by Ahlberg had minor heat damage.

Agosti says the investigation is continuing and charges are pending.

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