Rebuilding Palmyra-Police Know Who Started Fire

Police know how a fire that spread through four buildings in downtown Palmyra started and who is believed to have caused it, but they won't release that information just yet.

Wayne County Undersheriff Rick House says “All I will say is that the investigation is ongoing at this time.”

The Times of Wayne County reports that police know where and how the fire started.


The fire broke out Friday afternoon, May 3rd in a third-floor apartment at 236 E. Main St. in the village of Palmyra, called out by 911 dispatch as an apartment fire with people trapped. Everyone got out of the building safely, as 16 fire companies worked together to get the fire under control.

Meanwhile, the community response to the fire and support for those displaced has been overwhelming — from donation drives, cash jars and benefits to clothing, toy and furniture collections at the American Legion and a new Facebook page.

From the "Rebuilding Palmyra"  Facebook page:

One displaced family has found an apartment and began moving in today! They left the Legion this afternoon with more than 6 bins full of baby items and household/kitchen items. Here's what's needed still by that young family:
mixing bowls
dvd player
kitchen timer
bath mat
shower curtains
kitchen wall clock
flour/sugar cannisters
dish soap
dish wash sponges, bottle brush, etc
night stand
alarm clock
All of the above can be brought to the Palmyra American Legion. Also needed:(but call Legion at 597-2412 to say you have one, and we will ask for it once we have storage in the next few days)coffee table
rocking chair (to rock the new baby!)
The burned out block has been turned back over to the village officials.  The Palmyra Village Board met this morning in an emergency session and hired a structural engineer to begin inspecting the four burned out buildings.
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