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UPDATE: Search warrant of suspected Ridgeway Ave. arsonist turns up dangerous chemicals

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When the Rochester Fire Department responded to a call for an odor of gas and instead found improvised explosive devices inside this building on Ridgeway Avenue, they were just thankful nothing worse happened.

“If the device would have went off the vapors would have ignited it would have caused a large explosion that could have blown off the doors and windows and would have started a large enough fire to impact the proprieties surrounding it,” said Chief James Hartman with RFD.

The property owner, Eric Reynolds showed up to the scene shortly after. Fire officials say it was his odd behavior that led them to his home in Webster.

“Apparently he was very nervous but he didn’t say anything incriminating because he wasn’t charged on the scene he was released and further investigation prompted them to charge him and serve a warrant at Kirchner road,” said Hartman.

Reynolds next door neighbors anxiously watched as multiple law enforcement agencies responded to their block.
“Along came a couple cars, and bomb squad cars,” said Michelle Cruz, Renold’s next-door neighbor.

Cruz says she’s lived there more than a decade but had no idea anything like this was happening just feet from her and her kids.

“Absolutely it makes me nervous. We all want to know what’s going on, to know his was happening and we had no idea it’s a little nerve-racking,” said Cruz. 

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