Teenager Facing Arson Charges Following Ellery Fire

ELLERY – A 14-year-old female is facing second-degree arson charges following a fire Tuesday night that destroyed a town of Ellery residence.

An investigation by the Chautauqua County fire investigation team revealed that a teenager inside the 3688 Sager Road residence allegedly started the blaze around 8:30 p.m. Seven fire departments in total were summoned; the residence was a complete loss, Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies said.

Sinclairville, Gerry, Ellington, Ellery Center, Stockton, Cassadaga and Fluvanna fire departments responded.

“When I first arrived it was pretty much fully engulfed,” said Sinclairville fire Chief Dave Lukacz. “Everyone got out. No one was hurt, and I don’t think the family had any pets.”

Damage to the house was so intense an excavator had to be brought in to bring the rest of it down due to safety concerns, Lukacz said.

“We definitely attacked the fire from the outside,” he said. “It was fully going when we got there. Unfortunately there wasn’t anything we could save.”

The 14-year-old is being held pending further court action. It wasn’t immediately clear if the teenager lived at the residence.

One firefighter sustained a minor head injury while battling the fire, sheriff’s deputies said. No further information was available.

According to a news release, the Southwestern New York American Red Cross Disaster Action Team responded Tuesday night to provide relief. Volunteer Phil Baker was on scene to provide initial assistance, the Red Cross said.