Teen in custody after 2 found dead in Allegany County structure fire

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CLARKSVILLE, N.Y. (WROC) — Two bodies were found when emergency crews responded to an early morning fire in remote Allegany County, and a search of the area went on all day Thursday for a 17-year-old who lived at the residence.

At 4:30, state police announced Williams Larson Jr., 17, of Clarksville was in custody.

Around 12:45 a.m., New York State Police responded to a structure fire on Courtney Hallow in the town of Clarksville. Crews contained the fire, and the bodies were located inside the residence. State police do not think their deaths were a result of the fire though, and appear suspicious.

Troopers said there were three residents of the home. There was no positive identification given and no official cause of death has been determined, but authorities say there is a person of interest in this case.

State police say William Larson was on scene while the fire was being extinguished, but walked away from the location before troopers got there.

Police said they have not located a mother or father.

Portville, Bolivar-Richburg and Cuba Rushford central schools were all closed Thursday. State Police said later in the day they would convene with all the schools about classes on Friday, but a lockout should be an option.

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