Home Invasion, Now Fire In the Same Geneva Building

A husband and wife were forced to spend the night in a motel following a fire at their apartment building Thursday night, the same apartment building where a home invasion occured Wednesday afternooon.


Geneva Police says there is no connection between the 2 incidents.


The fire was in the first building of the Holiday Manor apartment complex behind Friendly's off Hamilton Street in Geneva.

The Geneva Police and Fire Department are investigating to see if this is a case of  arson. The fire started in one unit and direct damage was contained to that apartment.

The apartment across the hall became filled with smoke and was uninhabitable for the evening, said Red Cross Disaster Action Team captain Stephen Brown. No one was injured, and the couple will be able to return to their home after it has aired out.

The fire was in a basement apartment on the far right side of the apartment building.

Geneva Police are still seraching for the suspects involved in the home invasion robbery. Four people wearing masks and dark hooded sweatshirts entered one unit and bound two male occupants by their hands and feet and then one suspect hit both of them in the face with a pistol.  

Each suspect is said to be 5-6, at least 3 of the four were Spanish speaking . One had ripped jeans, white sneakers with blue stripes. No further descriptions were given.

Cell phones, jewelry and a sizable amount of cash were  taken. Police say the victims appear to have been were specifically targeted.

 Wednesday's  home invasion robbery was in the top floor apartment to the right of the door behind the cars.  The fire was in the back of the building in the basement apartment on the far right of the building.  Photos by Greg Cotterill, Finger Lakes News Radio.

Detectives are aggressively chasing leads, reviewing video and asking for the the community's  help in identifying the suspects .

Call Geneva Police at  789-1111 or 315-828.6781 or tips@geneva.ny.us

The American Red Cross in the Finger Lakes provides free training to volunteers who help their neighbors in need by responding to local and national disasters.  A series of fall disaster classes is under way. For more information, contact the Red Cross office at 315 568 9436 or visit the website at www.redcrossfingerlakes.org.

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