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Resident arrested after becoming combative at Sennett house fire

Sheriff Brian Schenck reports that members of the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office responded around 4 a.m. to a structure fire on Hunter Avenue in the Town of Sennett.

Firefighters were already on-scene attempting to extinguish an active fire on the first floor of the residence, according to Schenck, when his deputies responded. The occupant, identified as William Tehan, 49, became disorderly and refused direction from officials on-scene to stand clear and allow firefighting operations to proceed.

He physically impeded the lawful and necessary activities of the operation, resulting in a misdemeanor charge of obstructing firefighting operations. He was arraigned in Owasco Town Court and remanded to the Cayuga County Jail.

The cause and origin of the fire remains under investigation.

The Sheriff’s Office worked in collaboration with New York State Police, the E-911 Center in Cayuga County, and multiple agencies from the fire and EMS community in Cayuga County. Firefighters from Sennett, Fleming, Aurelius, and Auburn all responded to the scene. AMR Ambulance responded, along with the Cayuga County Fire Coordinators to assist with investigative efforts.

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