Man Accused Of Setting Historic Mayville Diner Fire Sentenced

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MAYVILLE, NY (WNY News Now) – The man accused of setting a fire that destroyed a historic diner in Mayville has been sentenced in the case.

The Chautauqua County Court Clerk says Michael Ellis will pay restitution totaling more than $40,000 in addition to spending several weekends in Chautauqua County Jail through October.

He also has been assigned to the county’s weekend work program.

Ellis was previously charged with third-degree arson, a class C felony, following the December 2019 fire.

A Chautauqua County Sheriff Deputy on patrol first spotted smoke coming from the diner on Monday, December 9, 2019 just before 11 p.m.

Several area fire departments battled the blaze into the overnight hours.

The diner was a total loss and was demolished.


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