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Questions surround suspicious fire
Spencerport, N.Y. -- Many questions still surround an ongoing investigation into a house fire on Sandstone Drive last week.
Chad Rahn, a former police officer who spent time in prison, was speaking with officials at the fire scene. Another man who was on parole was arrested on unrelated charges minutes after the fire started and less than a mile away.
The fire was reported around 6:30 a.m. Thursday and Spencerport Fire Department officials said a volunteer firefighter helped a mother and two children out of the burning home before they were injured. Firefighters were able to contain most of the fire damage to the garage area, but the home is still not able to be lived in days later.
At the time, reporters on the scene of the fire asked about the noticeable police presence for a seemingly routine garage fire.
Nope, that's common, said Spencerport Fire Department Deputy Chief Patrick OHara that morning when he was asked about the police presence.
Neighbors and police sources told 13WHAM News Chad Rahn was in the driveway of that Sandstone Drive home speaking with police and fire officials at the scene. Those same sources explain that Rahn may have had every reason to be at the scene since he is a close acquaintance with the woman who lived at that home.
Police are giving no indications Rahn is directly involved in the setting of this fire and, when contacted, a friend of Chad Rahns said he would not comment out of respect for that ongoing investigation. Prison officials confirmed Rahn completed his parole supervision in June 2013.
The fire was reported at 6:30 a.m. and 13WHAM News has learned that less than a mile away on Connies Lane in Parma more than a half-dozen Monroe County Sheriffs Office deputies surrounded a minivan around 6:35 a.m. Neighbors provided 13WHAM News with numerous photographs showing as many as eight deputy patrol cars on the quiet cul-de-sac. Windows and doors to the minivan remained open for a period of time before the vehicle was impounded and towed away according to those witnesses.
Sheriffs deputies now confirm John Sizemore, 29, was taken into custody on Connies Lane after reportedly driving without a license and failing to stop at a stop sign. Sizemore, like Rahn, has also spent time in state prison. His two prison stints involve convictions for burglary, attempted burglary, and forgery according to state prison records.
Sizemore was on parole and is currently being held in the Monroe County Jail on a detainer for a pending parole violation.
Officials also acknowledged the presence of a female who was taken into custody on a probation warrant on Thursday morning, but pending more confirmation, 13WHAM News is withholding her name at this time.
Officially, Ogden police are awaiting a ruling from fire investigators about exactly where and how the fire on Sandstone Drive started. At this time, police officials are not saying whether they consider Sizemore or Rahn as a person of interest or suspect in that investigation. Additionally, Rahn was described as cooperative at the fire scene on Thursday morning.