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Sheriff: 70-year-old dead after structure fire in Cayuga County

Victory Resident Identified As Victim In Fatal Fire

– Saturday, 8 p.m.

On Saturday, Sheriff Brian Schenck provided new details regarding the structure fire in the town of Victory, which prompted a massive response during the overnight hours.

The update included the detail that one of the occupants did not survive.

Sheriff Schenck says the fire occurred at the residence of Jacqueline and John Lalik. He says that Jacqueline was able to make her way out of the structure after becoming aware of the fire.

John Lalik was unable to get out of the home.

Schenck says Jacqueline was hospitalized at Upstate University Hospital for treatment of her injuries related to exposure to heat and smoke.

He says that more than a dozen departments and EMS providers worked together to extinguish the fire and provide medical services.

“In addition to those providers, also assisting with the investigation are the Cayuga County 911 Center, Cayuga County Fire Investigation Team, New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control, the Cayuga County District Attorney’s Office, and the Cayuga County Coroner’s Office,” Schenck said in the release.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing. Anyone with information may contact Detective Nicole Stewart at 315-294-8093. Anonymous Tips can be left on the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office Website at

One Person Unaccounted For As Investigation Continues

– Saturday, 1 p.m.

The Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office is continuing an investigation into a fire, which destroyed a home in the Town of Victor Friday night.

It prompted around a dozen firefighting agencies to be called to the rural portion of Cayuga County.

An update by law enforcement on Saturday revealed that one person remains unaccounted after the blaze.

Det. Lt. Fred Cornelius told the Auburn Citizen that a married couple lived at the home.

The woman who lived at the home was able to escape. She was transported to a Syracuse hospital with minor injuries. However, the man was unaccounted for as of Saturday afternoon.

The couple’s identities weren’t released by authorities as of Saturday at 2 p.m.

“There does not appear at this time to be any reason to believe there’s any criminality to this, but obviously we have to conduct the investigation in such a way that if there was, we would be doing things the way it’s supposed to be done,” Cornelius told The Citizen. “We’re making the assumption that we’re engaging in a recovery effort.”

The home was a total loss.

Crews Called Back To Scene As Structure Fire Rekindles

– Saturday, 9:45 a.m.

First responders say the fire in Victory, which prompted a massive response and was under investigation by the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office has rekindled.

Around 9:30 a.m. first responders from Cato, Victory, and Conquest were on-scene, with additional manpower being called in from other areas.

No additional information was immediately available. The fire remains subject of investigation.

Investigation Underway After Overnight Fire in Victory

– Saturday, 7:00 a.m.

First responders from around a dozen different departments were called to the scene of a structure fire Stahlnecker Road in the Town of Victory late-Friday.

According to Det. Lt. Frederick Cornelius investigative efforts were called off during the early-morning hours, and were set to resume after daybreak on Saturday.

“The Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the residential fire,” Cornelius said in an update to the media.

The Citizen reports that the address of the fire was 11796 Stahlnecker Road. They say when the first firefighters arrived on-scene – they called for additional manpower and tankers.

A fill site was established nearby with total assistance at the scene from Cato, Conquest, Victory, Red Creek, Fair Haven, Port Byron, Oswego, Ganby, Throop, Aurelius, Sennett, Plainville, and Weedsport.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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