Oneida police chief says fire at DPW lot appears suspicious

Three privately-owned trucks were destroyed by a fire in the City of Oneida Department of Public Works lot on Friday, Aug. 3. 2018.

The chief of the Oneida Police Department says they’re continuing to investigate the fire that destroyed several trucks in the city's Department of Public Works lot, and he says it appears suspicious.

Posted: Aug 7, 2018 11:28 AM
Updated: Aug 7, 2018 1:56 PM

ONEIDA – The chief of the Oneida Police Department says they’re continuing to investigate the fire that destroyed several trucks in the city's Department of Public Works lot, and he says it appears suspicious.

Three trucks were destroyed by a fire early last Friday morning in the City of Oneida’s DPW parking lot, but Police Chief Paul Thompson says they were owned by a private contractor who is working on taking down houses that were damaged by flooding. The flames were spotted by a police officer around 3 a.m., and the officer then called the fire department.


Two trucks were destroyed and a third was damaged in the parking lot of the Oneida County Department of Public Works in Annsville on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018.

Thompson says they are not ruling out criminal activity, and they do believe the fire is suspicious.

Just 24 hours prior to the fire in Oneida, three 10-wheel dump trucks in the Oneida County DPW lot in Annsville caught fire around 3:41 a.m. Two of the trucks were destroyed and the third one was damaged.

We reached out to the Oneida County Sheriff's Office and they say that their investigation is still ongoing and they do not yet know the exact cause of the fire in Annsville, but they still believe it was mechanical in nature and not criminal. 

The two agencies say they've been in contact with one another regarding the two fire investigations.

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