Rome fire officially determined as "intentionally set"

By WKTV News

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Oneida County Undersheriff says the house fire that seriously injured a Rome man on Monday evening was intentionally set.

The official determination comes after authorities say that accelerants found at the scene.

While he is not yet under arrest, Ronald Lamascolo, who lived in the home, is a person of interest. The first emergency personnel on scene at the Elmer Hill Road fire pulled the 59-year old Lamascolo from the burning house.

He's still recovering and in serious condition at University Hospital in Syracuse.

Just one month prior, on May 3, Lamascolo's wife, Antoinette Lamascolo, called police to report that her husband had made more than 30 threatening phone calls to her. Police arrived to find what they called a 'highly intoxicated' Ronald Lamascolo, who told them he'd been trying to call his wife all day, but that she didn't answer her phone.

Police say that neither Antoinette Lamascolo, nor anyone else other than Ronald Lamascolo, was at the home at the time of the fire.

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