State Police Identify Suspect Charged in Fatal Fire
Corning, N.Y. (WENY)-- New York State Police have identified the suspect they say is responsible for the fatal fire on Townsend Avenue in Corning Tuesday morning.
According to NYSP, 21-year-old Justin Gause was arrested following an investigation into the fire. Police say several items involved in the production of methamphetamine were found inside the home. Gause has been charged with 2nd Degree Manslaughter, 1st Degree Reckless Endangerment, and 3rd Degree Unlawful Manufacturing of Methamphetamine. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail. .
As a result of the fire, police say 82-year-old Gladys Ann Willow -- Gause's grandmother -- died from injuries she sustained while she was trapped inside the burning house. Fire departments from the City of Corning, Painted Post and Gang Mills responded to the scene, as well as EMTs from the AMR Ambulance Service.
The investigation is ongoing.