The Binghamton Police Department investigation has determined with certainty that
the apartment fire and deceased male at 13 John Street occurred as a result of
an intentionally set fire by the deceased who then committed suicide.
An autopsy was completed Friday at Wilson Memorial Hospital, in Johnson City..
The manner of death was officially ruled a suicide, caused by a self-inflicted wound to
the head. The deceased was an adult male resident of the building for several months. The identity of the deceased is not being released at this time.
The investigation has determined no criminal act of another was involved and the case
is closed as a committed incendiary fire immediately preceding a completed suicide –
death; non-criminal in nature. No other individuals were injured in this event.
On May 02nd 2019 at about 4:30 p.m. the Binghamton Police Department Patrol Division and Binghamton Fire Department responded to 13 John Street, 2nd floor rear apartment, for a 911 report of an apartment fire and injured person. The location is a multiple apartment unit rooming house. A small fire occurred within the location and was quickly extinguished by the fire department.
During fire suppression efforts BFD personnel located a lone male within the apartment. This male was removed to the exterior of the building by BFD and determined to be deceased. The male had sustained injuries prior to or at the time of the fire but unrelated to the fire condition that was found. Once the fire was extinguished the location was secured for police investigation. The matter is currently being investigated and classified as an undetermined death by the Binghamton Police Detective Division.
The fire cause and origin investigation is being conducted as part of this case in conjunction with the Binghamton Fire Department – Fire Marshal’s Office, and the Broome County Coroner’s Office. The police investigation has determined that no gunfire was involved, as original reports of such were determined to be erroneous. There was no threat to public safety related to gunfire. Other tenants of the first floor apartment within the same structure were able to escape the location in a timely manner and
The identity of the deceased has not been released; as next of kin has yet to be located and notified. The investigation is open and active at this hour. The facts and circumstances known thus far do not support the presence of a criminal act committed upon the deceased / causing or inflicting injury. No suspects are being sought at this time. The investigation of the scene is currently ongoing. The scene is being processed by the Binghamton Police Detective Division; Identification Unit. Portions of John Street and Evans Street were cordoned off by DPW / police barricades and remain closed to accommodate the investigation, fire apparatus, scene security and for safety of area residents. Streets and area sidewalks are expected to be re-opened to traffic upon completion at the scene by Detectives.
The remains of the deceased have been transported to Wilson Memorial Hospital for autopsy. Residents of the location have been relocated with the assistance of the American Red Cross and the building owner-landlord of the damaged structure, the building owner is cooperating with the investigation. The investigation is ongoing at this time. Additional details will be made public at such time the investigation is concluded and an official cause of death is determined. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Binghamton Police Detective Division at 607-772-7080.