Day After: Deadly Seneca Falls Fire Claims 2

Seneca Falls firefighters recovered two bodies late Friday night in rubble left after a fire at 121 Cayuga Street. The fire,at the home owned by Ed and Diane Shanken, was reported just before 6:30am by a passerby that called 911. The victims are believed to be the Shankens, their bodies were recovered in the basement of the home. The fire caused the inside of the two story home to collapse. The bodies were taken to the Onondaga County Medical Examiners Office in Syracuse were an autopsy will be performed and positive indentification will be made. Ed Shanken was a former V.P. with the New York Chiropractic College. He was a Certified Association Executive and traveled to Africa to help with economic developement. He also was the overseas Sales Representative for Timber Harvester Portable Sawmills in Waterloo and the current Chairman of the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce. This has been one of the worst years in Seneca Falls history, as seven people have died in house fires. Five people died in March when two apartments at Tutor Village caught fire. The cause of Firdays’ fire in still under investigation.Ed Shanken wearing his Timber Harvester sales hat, stands in front of a portable sawmill during a demonstation in Seneca Falls last year.Story & Photos by Greg Cotterill for FingerLakes1.com


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