Corning, NY (May 15, 2019) – Emergency crews responded to a house fire on Townsend Avenue, May 14th, where an elderly woman was reported to have died after becoming trapped inside the home. The victim has only been identified as an 82-year-old woman from Steuben County, and the time of the fire has not been stated.
According to officials, police arrested 21-year-old Justin Gause after beginning an investigation into the cause of the fire. Gause is being charged with second-degree manslaughter, unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine, and reckless endangerment after the victim was confirmed to have died due to injuries suffered in the fire.
Police stated that several items used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine were found inside the home. Gause has been taken to Steuben County Jail to await arraignment, and the official cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Before moving on, we would like to offer our deep condolences to the loved ones of the victim during this tragic time. Unfortunately, many fires and explosions in New York prove to be catastrophically injurious or fatal, as they are one of the most dangerous situations that anyone may face at any time. Our genuine gratitude is saved for the countless brave firefighters who risk their lives for the members of our community every day.
After such a devastating event, it is important to know that you may have the significant right to be compensated for your injuries, especially if your suffering has been caused by the blatantly negligent or criminal actions of another party. At Hach & Rose, we are here for you 24/7 to answer any questions you may have at this time. If you have lost a loved one in a New York fire or explosion, please call 212-779-0057 today.
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