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Fatal fire was accidentally set, authorities report

OSWEGO, NY – With regard to the recent house fire at 70 West Mohawk Street; Oswego, City Fire Chief Jeffrey McCrobie and Oswego City Police Chief Tory DeCaire have issued the following joint release:

Members of the Oswego City Fire and Police Departments have been investigating the cause of the recent house fire at 70 West Mohawk Street in which a three-year-old boy, Jeremiah Haskins, was tragically killed.

Preliminary information, supported by physical evidence at the scene, indicates that the fire was accidentally set by a juvenile in the residence.

The juvenile apparently had inadvertently started the fire while playing with a lighter.

In accordance with New York State Law which prohibits criminally charging someone under the age of seven years old, there have not been any criminal charges filed against the juvenile as a result of the incident.

The investigation is continuing.