Police looking for help in investigating year-old fire

BRIAN QUINN/DAILY NEWS FILE PHOTOThe scene at 13 Hutchins St., Batavia, is cordoned off on July 4, 2019, while investigators look into the cause and origin of the fire. City police have asked for the public’s help in its investigation of the fire.

City police are seeking the public’s help in solving an arson fire at a Hutchins Street residence last year.

Police issued a statement Wednesday seeking help in investigating the July 4, 2019 fire at 13 Hutchins St.

The fire happened about 2:45 a.m. and resulted in four people being trapped. Two escaped, one woman jumped from a second-floor window and a man had to be helped by firefighters after he was found dangling from a window.

One of the victims sustained “serious injuries,” police said.

Police and City of Batavia Fire Department have been investigating the fire as suspicious since the beginning.

“We’ve come to a dead-end on any leads so we are reaching out to the community,” Chief Shawn Heubusch said.

Anyone with information can contact Detective Jason Ivison at 345-6312, the main line at 345-6350 or the city’s confidential tip line at 345-6370.

People also can go online at http://www.batavianewyork.com/police-department/webforms/report-suspicious-drug-or-criminal-activity.

The early-morning fire caused a chaotic scene, with the four residents of two apartments having to escape for their lives.

After rescuing the man, firefighters went inside to search for more possible victims. None were found.

“I just heard screaming out the window and I opened the door,” neighbor Maria DeFreze said at the time. “I saw the fire. Horrible to hear her screaming and see the man hanging there and I couldn’t get him a ladder to help him. They (firefighters) were there in minutes. Thank God he didn’t fall.”

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