Officials believe fire victim may have set the blaze

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - The 911 call for 9587 Glenmore Road just after midnight Tuesday came in as a family dispute.

By the time Oneida County Sheriff's Deputies arrived at the home, it was on fire.  An occupant, Michael Zavaro, 53, is in critical condition at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse with burns over 90 percent of his body. Sheriff department officials say that, according to witness statements, Zavaro might also be their suspect in the fire.

"It does appear from our initial reports that Mr. Zavaro was involved in a domestic incident with his wife, where his wife did leave the house with children and other occupants of the residence, following him threatening to burn the house down," says Oneida County Undersheriff Robert    .

Officials with the Taberg Fire Department were hearing the same account.

"We found out that he kicked everyone out prior to this. He kicked all the family members out of the house and they all left," said firefighter Fred Illingworth.

Tuesday's tragic call was not the first to the home on Glenmore Road.  As recently as Sunday, a 9-1 call to 'check the welfare'....and on the June 25, a mental health call. 

The undersheriff says that, according to witness statements, an occupant of the home went back in the burning structure to save Zavaro, who'd barricaded himself inside.

"He was able to breach a door and get Mr. Zavaro out".

The Red Cross is helping the rest of the family -- an adult woman and four children -- with basic needs. Sheriff investigators are hoping to speak with Zavaro if he recovers from his injuries.


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