Holiday Inn Fire 1978 - Fire Chief la...

Holiday Inn Fire 1978 - Fire Chief labeled a person of interest

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Bill

Atlanta, GA

#1 Nov 1, 2013
"This is a murder investigation. There were 10 people killed in the fire and that's a homicide investigation," said Captain Patrick Phelan, Greece Police Department.

Members of the multi-agency task force investigating that deadly fire executed a search warrant at the Ridge Road Fire District Headquarters. The Greece Police Department, Monroe County Sheriff's Office, New York State Police, ATF, FBI and Monroe County District Attorney's Office searched two buildings owned by the Fire District.

Police say new information led them to the firehouse.

http://rochester.ynn.com/content/news/all_new...
Bill

Atlanta, GA

#2 Nov 1, 2013
http://greece.whec.com/news/crime/i-team-10-i...

The Global News crew tracked down John Stickevers, a state fire investigator in 1978 who was involved in the initial assessment of the hotel fire, who pointedly took aim at Phillips.“It was suspicious because I think it was impossible to see the fire. You can't see the fire.

Phillips was then approached by the Canadian journalists.

Reporter:“What did you find at the time?”
Phillips:“That was 1978 and I don't recall what I found at the time.”
Reporter:“We have an email that says that you were calling it an accident yet the official record says it was an arson. Why the discrepancy?”
Phillips:“That's the reason we haven't talked about it since '78. We disagree with the findings of the police department from 1978.”
Reporter:“Why does the chief of the fire department have a different opinion?”
Phillips:“Actually I'm not going to make any comment on that. I have that feeling and that's the feeling I've had since 1978.”
Steel City Steelers

Rochester, NY

#3 Nov 1, 2013
It is quite obvious that he lit the fire. I've been saying he did it for decades.
guilty uniform

Rochester, NY

#4 Nov 1, 2013
those that wear uniforms often assist with covering up the misconduct of others. it's common. Most crimes eventually get solved one way or another. why do the people cover for their colleagues knowing they are wrong? good question. i guess we can say the no snitch policy was in effect year for years.
Edwin

Penfield, NY

#5 Nov 1, 2013
What's the deal with firefighters starting fires?

There was a senior arson investigator in California that touched off about 20 big blazes, and his colleagues had strong evidence against him - but sat on it for years. He finally got arrested when he attended a seminar for arson investigators in another city, and torched a couple of buildings with the same M.O.
Da Gooch

Rochester, NY

#6 Nov 1, 2013
Edwin wrote:
What's the deal with firefighters starting fires?
There was a senior arson investigator in California that touched off about 20 big blazes, and his colleagues had strong evidence against him - but sat on it for years. He finally got arrested when he attended a seminar for arson investigators in another city, and torched a couple of buildings with the same M.O.
Pretty easy answer fireman like fire! Just like cops become cops because they have a power ego.
No Joke

Rochester, NY

#7 Nov 1, 2013
What proff can they find after 30 years in the firehouse?
Ha Ha

Iraq

#8 Nov 2, 2013
they are waiting for the fire cheif to collect his retirement before charging him.
A system of failure

Rochester, NY

#10 Nov 3, 2013
guilty uniform wrote:
those that wear uniforms often assist with covering up the misconduct of others. it's common. Most crimes eventually get solved one way or another. why do the people cover for their colleagues knowing they are wrong? good question. i guess we can say the no snitch policy was in effect year for years.
Exactly. A fine example of the NO Snitch policy right here.
The man

Rochester, NY

#12 Nov 4, 2013
Are the local firefighters going to block the road and conduct one of those stupid boot drives for one of their own nitwits? Anyone who shoves a boot in my window gets a handfull of donated trash from my car.
Andy

Penfield, NY

#13 Nov 5, 2013
The man wrote:
Are the local firefighters going to block the road and conduct one of those stupid boot drives for one of their own nitwits? Anyone who shoves a boot in my window gets a handfull of donated trash from my car.
Great idea. The boot drive crap torques me off. I think it is pizza and beer money for the participants.
usa skater dude

United States

#14 Jan 3, 2014
Bud phillips stated he was working a security detail. But didn't say where the detail was.....mmmmmmmmmm! The fire was around 230 am.... he was a security person at....USA roller rink. Half a block east of where holiday inn was located. The rink closeses around 1130 pm. Even if he stayed at roller rink for an hour, he would have to explain what he was doing for two hours. If he was driving by around 230...and the rink was a 10 second drive away ...he has to explain the two hour gap. Was he..."in the hotel at the time of fire"? That could explain his claim...of seeing ..the fire. He was inside! Mmmmm?

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