Oneida Police investigating possible arson of truck

Published Aug 9, 2018 at 4:00pm

CITY OF ONEIDA — City police are investigating whether or not a contractor’s truck was intentionally set on fire on Sconondoa Street very early Friday morning, Aug. 3.

Police Chief Paul Thompson said a company is working to demolish homes that were damaged by flooding in 2013. Several of the company’s trucks have been parked in a parking area on Sconondoa Street, behind the city’s Department of Public Works.

At about 3:30 a.m. Friday, a police officer in the area spotted one of the trucks on fire. The fire department was called to respond, and by the time they arrived, the flames had spread to two more company vehicles, authorities stated.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Thompson said they are looking to see if the fire was intentionally set.

“It looks suspicious,” Thompson said.

He declined to go into detail about what evidence leads him to believe the fire was intentionally set.

“It’s very unusual for a truck that’s been parked for 12 hours to spontaneously combust,” he noted.

No arrests have been made so far.

Anyone with information on the fire can call Oneida Police at 315-363-9111.