Sheriff: Explosion at Willard Drug Treatment Campus caused by ‘catastrophic failure’ of first floor boiler

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office provided an update on the explosion at the Willard Drug Treatment Campus building last week.

Around 7:30 a.m. deputies responded with first responders to a building on County Road 132.

Two employees were working in the building when the explosion occurred. Neither were injured. However, a preliminary investigation showed that a steam boiler at the bottom floor of the building suffered a catastrophic failure, which caused the explosion.


The cost of the damage exceeded $100,000. The building is owned and insured by the State of New York as part of the New York State Division of Corrections.

Other agencies that responded to the scene were the Ovid Fire Department and Willard Fire and Safety. Members of the New York State Corrections Division were also on present on scene, according to the sheriff’s office.

No further update was available about the investigation.

No updates after explosion at former Willard administrative building this week (photos)





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