Man Charged with Arson in Connection to Hazmat Situation on Ridgeway

Man Charged with Arson in Connection to Hazmat Situation on Ridgeway

Overview

WEBSTER, N.Y. — A man is now charged in connection with the investigation into a hazmat situation at a vacant Rochester apartment building on Ridgeway Avenue.

Rochester Fire Department officials say the owner of 401 Ridgeway Avenue, Eric Reynolds, is charged with first degree arson.

First responders were called to the building Monday night for concerns about the smell of gasoline coming from the building. Firefighters found suspicious devices inside.

The Rochester bomb squad removed some items that included ignitable fluid.

That led investigators to another property owned by Reynolds on Kircher Park in Webster.

Officials say the Arson Task Force, police, Monroe County bomb squad and FBI searched the home and seized a number of items.

RPD has not commented on the investigation.

The fire department says Reynolds arson charges are related to damage in the building caused by an explosion.

No other information was released.

Police say the investigation in ongoing with multiple police agencies.