Jamestown fire ruled arson

JAMESTOWN – Police are asking for the public’s assistance after a fire that destroyed a city medical complex Monday morning has been ruled an arson.

“As with any arson investigation, it takes a little time to go through everything, and this was no different,” said Capt. Robert Samuelson of the Jamestown police department, of the 23 Ivy St. blaze.

“Investigators have been digging through the debris and searching for evidence,” he said. “We did conclude that this fire was intentionally set.”

The medical complex housed Krempa Medical Associates, Laser Center of Chautauqua and a podiatric surgeon office. The tenants have been contacted by investigators; no motive has been established.

Police believe a suspect, or suspects, may have been burned and sought medical treatment after setting the fire.

“Based on what we have discovered and seen in the past, we believe someone may have burns on their hands or their clothing,” Samuelson said. “It’s really important for anyone to call us if they have any information.”

Samuelson said hospitals throughout the region have been notified.

Jamestown police and the Chautauqua County Forensic Investigation Team sifted through debris Monday and determined the fire was suspicious in nature. State investigators, including a K-9 unit, also were summoned.

Anyone with information regarding the fire is asked to call Jamestown police at 483-7531 or the department’s anonymous tip line at 483-8477.