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More information released on fatal Geneva fire

The fire loss occurred on the evening of Sunday June 3, 2012. At approximately 20:25 hours the first of three (3) calls reporting a possible “kitchen fire” inside a residential structure at 46 Wadsworth Street was received. None of the three callers could confirm that everyone exited the structure. The Geneva Fire Department was dispatched to a possible structure fire at the address. Initial arriving firefighters reported a smoke condition on arrival and declared a “Working Fire.” The fire building is a two-story wood frame residential structure occupied by a single adult at the time of discovery of fire.The Interior Attack Crew entered the structure through an exterior door and ascended a short stairwell to an interior door that lead to the Kitchen space. Firefighters located an unconscious adult male behind the interior door. Firefighters extricated the male to the exterior of the structure where Finger Lakes Ambulance personnel conducted an assessment and determined that life saving measures were not indicted. Ontario County Coroner Kevin Henderson pronounced the victim deceased at 21:50 hours. The Mull Funeral Home transported the male to the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office. The victim was identified as 50 y/o Robert D. Ragin who owns and occupies the home with his wife who was out of town at the time of thefire.Cause & Origin Fire Investigation was conducted by the Ontario County Fire Coordinator; Geneva Fire Department and Geneva Police Department. The fire is believed to be Accidental in Nature and is related to cooking within the Kitchen space located on the 1st floor level in the Northwest corner of the structure. It is this Investigator’s opinion, based upon the on-scene examination and known facts at this time, that the sole occupant of the structure was cooking chicken wings and may have attempted to extinguish the fire. The occupant was discovered approximately fifteen feet from the stove at the Kitchen doorway. Smoke detectors were discovered on the 1st floor level of the structure. The investigation continues.

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