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Monday, April 14, 2008

Arson Suspected In 2 Of 3 Fires In Olean

WESB News: 04/14/08 - Policeman Hurt During Fire Rescue

Three people – including a police officer – had to have medical treatment after a fire this morning on Whitney Avenue in Olean.

The fire was the third in less than 24 hours in the city, and investigators say at least the first two were the work of an arsonist. They say the buildings on Second Avenue that were set on fire were vacant with no power.

During this morning's fire, Olean Police Patrolman Andrew Langdon helped rescue two of the residents from the second floor of the burning building. Langdon injured his foot, but still went to a nearby house and evacuated more people. The first two people Langdon rescued were treated for smoke inhalation.

Police are hoping this morning's fire is not linked to the first two. Evidence from all three fires has been sent to the New York State Police Crime Lab.

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