Sifting For Clues

A fire city police say was intentionally set in May that destroyed a medical complex remains under investigation.

No suspects have been identified in connection to the 23 Ivy St. blaze, which city fire officials quickly ruled arson. Jamestown police Capt. Robert Samuelson said this week the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has been contacted to assist local investigators.

“Right now we’re in the process of bringing the ATF on board,” Samuelson said. “It’s not uncommon for them to get involved with this type of investigation.”

Firefighters were dispatched at 2:30 a.m. on May 13 to the medical complex, which housed Krempa Medical Associates, Laser Center of Chautauqua and a podiatric surgeon office. Dozens of first responders were summoned to battle the massive blaze, which destroyed the building.

Arson was ruled a day later, and police say the suspect, or suspects, may have been burned while starting the fire.

Area hospitals were contacted and public assistance was sought. However, Samuelson said no tips have been received, and the case remains open.

“At this time we don’t have anything,” he said. “We have our suspicions about what happened, but right now we’re still investigating.”

Samuelson had no comment when asked if any suspects have been identified or questioned.

A backhoe currently sits at the site of the fire. The building is expected to be razed following the investigation.

Anyone with information regarding the fire is asked to call Jamestown police at 483-7531 or the department’s anonymous tip line at 483-8477.