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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

February 24, 2014

Contact: Special Agent Charles Mulham

Public Information Officer

(646) 335-9023

Reward Offered for Information About Genesee Street Arson

Molotov Cocktail Used in Rochester Arson

ROCHESTER — The New York Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the arson that occurred on September 22, 2013 at a building located at 176 Genesee Street in Rochester.

“Acts of arson are dangerous crimes that threaten the community. ATF is committed to keeping the public safe from those who maliciously set fires,” said ATF New York Field Division Special Agent in Charge Thomas J. Cannon. “We are asking the public to provide any information that would lead investigators to those responsible for this cowardly act of violence.”

The fire caused approximately $100,000.00 in property damages to the building. A joint investigation is being conducted by the ATF, the Rochester Fire Department Fire Investigation Unit, Rochester Police Department and the Rochester Arson Task Force.

Investigators have conducted a thorough examination of the fire scene and have classified it to be incendiary. Investigators are seeking assistance from the public that may assist them in solving this crime. All calls will be kept confidential and all callers may remain anonymous.

Anyone having information should call the ATF Rochester Field Office at (585) 987 - 2100 or email at: