Fire victims identified

On July 8, 2017, at approximately 2:44 a.m., the Oneida Fire Department and the Oneida Police Department, were dispatched to a reported working structure fire at 315 Lenox Ave., in the City of Oneida. The residence is a two family home with one residence on the first floor and the second residence on the second floor. The fire was within the residence on the second floor. The first-floor residence was currently vacant and not occupied.

Upon their arrival on the scene, firefighters made entry to the second-floor residence to fight the fire. It was subsequently learned that two people were located within that residence. Both victims perished as a result of this fire, identified as Pauline M. and James E. Davis, both 50, of 315 Lenox Ave., Oneida.

Both victims were removed from the scene and transported to the Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office where autopsies were performed.

The cause of the blaze has not yet been determined.

The Oneida Fire Department and the Oneida Police Department would like to thank the Munnsville Fire Department, the Madison County Fire Coordinator and the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control for their assistance in fighting this fire and during the subsequent investigation into the cause and origin of the fire.

The Oneida Police Department encourages anyone who may have had contact with either of the Davis’ on Friday evening, or anybody who may have further information, to contact them at (315) 363-9111.

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