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Officials: Injured man may have set fire in Rome

By WKTV News

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Oneida County Sheriff's Department says the fire that injured a man on Elmer Hill Road in Rome is suspicious in nature. Officials believe the man who was injured in the fire may have set it himself.

Sgt. Nicholas Leone says it started out as a domestic call, they were responding to 8491 Elmer Hill Road for someone trespassing. It quickly turned into a fire call and when they arrived on the scene there was thick smoke and flames shooting from the home.

Rome Fire Chief Rob Brement says the entire layout of the house was on fire when they got there. Crews rescued a man who was trapped in the home. That man has not been identified but is believed to be a homeowner. He was intially taken to Rome Memorial Hospital but was later airlifted to Syracuse. He is now listed in "guarded condition." Witnesses say the man was seen pouring gasoline around the outside of the home shortly before the fire started. The Oneida County Sheriff's Department is not listing anyone as a suspect until an investigation is complete.

Leone said, "Investigators are on scene and will be conducting an investigation of forensic investigation and as soon as that is completed the results will be brought to everyone's attention."

Officials say no one else was home at the time of the fire. The house is a total loss.

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