Homeowner Charged With Obstructing Firefighters During Monday Blaze

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CELORON – A 53-year-old homeowner is facing charges after allegedly obstructing firefighters who were fighting a blaze in Celoron on Monday night. 

Town of Ellicott Police say fire crews responded to a blaze on East Duquesne Street in the Village of Celoron around 7:45 p.m. 

It is alleged Todd Rosendahl entered the residence and began arguing with fire personnel. 

Furthermore, police say Rosendahl ripped a face mask off a volunteer firefighter, damaging the equipment. 

Rosendahl is charged with obstructing firefighting operations and fourth-degree criminal mischief.  

Officers say he is scheduled to appear in Town of Ellicott Court at a later date.  

The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Fire Investigation Team says an unmaintained wood stove surrounded by combustible material likely started the fire.

The property has since been condemned due to the damage sustained.


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