Fire Damages Scriba Business, Owner Found Dead

SCRIBA, NY – On January 1, at about 9:45 p.m., the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office and Scriba Volunteer Fire Department were called to a reported fire at May’s Polynesian Motel and Mini Mart located on State Route 104 in the town of Scriba, just east of the city of Oswego.

An occupant of the motel had called to report a heavy smoke odor.

When the first units arrived, fire was discovered on both ends of the motel building and on the southwest corner of the convenience store. The two buildings are not physically connected.

Scriba Fire Department members had to force access to the convenience store.

Once the fire was suppressed, an interior search located the body of the business owner, Steven May, 48, of the same address.

The entry points to the store had been barricaded and chained shut from the interior.

No other victims were found.

The occupants of the motel room were evacuated and assisted by Red Cross volunteers.

The Oswego County Fire Investigation Team was called to investigate the origin and cause of the fire.

Those efforts are still under way.

Several points of origin have been located in both structures. Significant interior damage was found in both end units of the motel.

Damage was largely contained to the southwest corner of the mini-mart.

The investigation is continuing.

The Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office is assisting in determining the cause of death for Mr. May.