Perry resident accused of intentionally setting house on fire
On June 13 Perry Police responded to 24 St. Helena St. for a report of a house fire. Following an investigation, Brian Clair, 50, of Perry, is accused of intentionally setting fire to his home with his girlfriend and her animals inside.
Crews from Perry, Perry Center, Silver Springs, Castile, Warsaw, Wyoming, Mount Morris, and Nunda fire departments were on the scene for four hours battling the blaze, which caused an estimated loss of $125,000.
Fire Chief in Charge Perry Assistant Fire Chief Fred Eickhoff and firefighters were assisted at the scene by Wyoming County Emergency Services, the Sheriff’s Department, Perry PD, New York State Troopers, Perry Department of Public Works, NYSEG, RG&E, the Red Cross and Wyoming Correctional Facility.
Standing by at empty fire stations included Nunda, Leicester, Pavilion, Pike, and Gainesville fire departments.
Perry Police say Clair prevented his girlfriend from calling 9-1-1 by ripping the phone out of the wall.
He was charged with: arson in the second degree; criminal mischief in the fourth degree; reckless endangerment in the first degree; and aggravated cruelty to animals.
At the time of the fire, Clair was taken to Wyoming County Community Hospital for treatment of his injuries. The two other occupants of the home were being assisted by the Red Cross.
On July 10 Clair was arraigned in Perry Village Court and released to pretrial probation. He is due in court Aug. 1.