Award Offered for Arson Information

Award Offered for Arson Information

Ilion, N. Y., paid and volunteer firemen are hoping the $1,000 reward they are offering will aid authorities in solving a school fire which took the life of one fireman and caused injuries to another.

Ilion Fire Department and Local 1185, IAFF, along with two volunteer companies posted the reward after the questioning of more than 300 persons left state and local police without a definite clue. The state police laboratory at Albany, after examining debris from the fire, said the blaze was definitely arson. The Ilion High School burned April 21, 1963.

Burton F. Seymour, a paid fireman, was killed and Robert Day, a volunteer, was injured when both plunged to a courtyard in the center of the school.

Deputy Chief Herbert Mead said Local 1185, the C. W. Carpenter Hose Company No. 2, and Ilion Hose Company No. 1 posted the reward with the full approval of investigating authorities and the district attorney’s office. The money will be paid to anyone furnishing information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the fire.

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