Body found after fire in Canandaigua

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - Firefighters were called to the scene around a 11 o'clock Saturday morning to Camelot Square Apartments for reports of an apartment fire. The Canandaigua Police say during the investigation a body was found. They have yet to confirm whether the body is related to the fire. 

This tragedy was too close for comfort for Ella Smallwood-St. Dennis. Smallwood-St. Dennis along with neighbors watched emergency crews respond to what they thought was a routine fire call. News 8 spoke to Chief Stephen Hedworth of Canandaigua Police
"Fire found a small fire in the apartment, it was extinguished, upon further investigation a body was found inside. " Chief Stephen Hedworth of Canandaigua Police and he tells us otherwise. 

Smallwood-St. Dennis says she became uneasy when Police began searching through garbages and going door to door. "Police going around asking people questions, if they know anything. It was just overwhelming. " Smallwood-St. Dennis said

Investigators remained on the scene for several hours. " We are treating it as an arson investigation firs of all, then with a body inside we treat every situation like that as suspicious until we know otherwise. "

They tell News 8, this is protocol given the severity of what they discovered. Smallwood- St. Dennis says this is a situation no one wants to see. " A lot of people are concerned, scared and nervous because we don't know what's going on. It's just scary for a community for which these things don't happen. 

The investigation is ongoing. The Canandaigua Police is expected to give an update. Continue to check back.  


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