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Police: Property owner kills self, fire follows

RUSSIA, N.Y. (WKTV) - State Police confirm that one person is dead after an accident and a fire at the same address on Grant Road in the Town of Russia. Police say the property owner blocked his driveway with a front loader and then slammed his car into it, committing suicide.

Officials are not sure whether the accident sparked the fire that spread to the house and the barn at 205 Grant Road or if the fire was started before the accident.

State Police say the owner had an argument with his wife earlier in the evening, which led to the events. Officials say the wife is safe.

Crews are still on the scene battling the flames four hours into the fire. No word yet on any animals that may have been injured as a result of the fire. more information is expected throughout the morning.

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