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Greece Ridge Fire Chief responds to search

Greece, N.Y. - Thirty-five years later police are still investigating the fire at the Greece Holiday Inn that killed ten people.

"These people deserve some kind of answers if not ultimately justice," said Greece Police Chief Todd Baxter.

The case was reopened two years ago. Last month the investigation lead police to the Greece Ridge Fire Department.

"I am surprised because I believe the truth is in the statements of the witnesses that night," said Greece Ridge Fire Chief Bud Phillips. "I think 35 years is a long time."

Phillips was an off duty firefighter the night of the incident. He told investigators he was driving by, saw the flames and called for help.

"I understand why people don't want to help people now - but as I've told all of our people: if they found themselves in the same position that they would do the exact same thing, and I would do that exact same thing today," said Phillips.

Greece Police Chief Todd Baxter wouldn't tell us what officers took from the fire department, but after the search he believes they now have a 50/50 chance of solving the case.

"We took evidence," said Baxter. "We took stuff that we found pretty significant and are pretty excited about it."

Sources tell us police took the hard drive from Chief Phillips' computer.

"The stuff they took from here I think most of the stuff they already had," said Phillips.

Besides those killed, 37 other people were injured.

Phillips told us police also took the department's annual yearbook and 85th anniversary year book that has a section about the fire.

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Washington Times