A house burnt down in the middle of the night.
Here is how it looked.
A couple of days ago, another house got on fire - in the middle of Delhi, NY, also at night or early in the morning.
And here is how that fire looks - the house is still very much there.
In the Fire # 1, according to a witness, the Delhi firefighters refused to vent the roof in order to save the house, even though it was easier to do it there - the house had only one story above ground, while Fire # 2 was in a 3-story house with high ceilings requiring to use a tall ladder off the firefighters' truck.
Here is what "venting" as a firefighting technique is.
In the Fire # 2 they did vent the roof - watch a video posted by the Daily Star where a firefighter is using the venting technique in Fire # 2 in Delhi, NY, and the house was saved through that technique.
See a hole made by firefighters to allow venting of the fire.
See another hole (under letter "A" in the word "Mason").
In the Fire # 1, according to a witness, the firefighters arrived with no water to extinguish the fire and made no attempts to bring any water to the site.
In the Fire # 2 the firefighters used water to extinguish the fire.
In Fire # 1 the firefighters refused to secure the area around the burnt house, and the house was subjected to vandalism and crime scene contamination (see pictures from the site of the fire above).
In Fire # 2 the firefighters immediately secured the area with the yellow tape.
In Fire #1 there was no investigation of the fire as required by law - even though it was an obvious arson started with an incendiary explosive projectile thrown into the house, into the bedroom window, onto the bed of a close-to-delivery pregnant woman, there was instead a lot of bad-mouthing of me as the only reporter on the fire by the fire-fighters' relatives with threats that, if a fire happens to my house (also located in Delhi, NY), they will instruct their firefighter husbands not to pee on the fire to extinguish it, and told me to mind my own business over there in South Carolina (see comments here, here and here).
There was no incident report filed about the fire, as required by law.
The house fire that destroyed the entire residence was not mentioned in blotters, while even brush fires were otherwise reported by the Delhi Fire Department.
The Troop C in Margaretville, NY blocked the victim's efforts to obtain open-access reports, and, according to Ms. O'Sullivan, the Acting Delaware County District Attorney (running for the position of District Attorney this year) John Hubbard refused to investigate the arson and attempted murder of Barbara O'Sullivan, her daughter and her then-unborn grandchild.
The Sheriff's department confirmed there was no incident report and no investigation of the fire.
State investigators did not bother to arrive the day of the fire, and for many days thereafter, leaving the site open to anybody who wanted to vandalize and contaminate it - and people did vandalize it, breaking or stealing what remained whole in the basement, stealing copper pipes. The thefts and vandalism was similarly not investigated by the Delhi or Delaware County authorities.
Delaware County offered Barbara O'Sullivan and her daughter no assistance in housing or relocation, knowing that Barbara's daughter was close to delivery.
Instead, Delaware County attempted to take the child away from Barbara's daughter on the claim that they have nowhere to live after the house fire.
Some clandestine investigation appeared to have started only weeks after the fire, after the site was irreversibly contaminated - and was aiming at framing Barbara rather than investigating the obvious suspects.
In order to frame Barbara, an undercover investigator even contacted me for my "opinion" on Barbara - instead of doing his job and investigating the fire TIMELY, following procedures and preserving the site.
In Fire #2 the State investigators were on the scenes immediately, according to witnesses who reported it to me.
The investigation proceeded with a lightning speed, and we already have a ruling that the fire was "accidental".
Reportedly, the fire destroyed the entire archives of the local Masonic Lodge - which should at least have the investigators looking at whether the fire was in reality an arson to destroy those records.
The Fire # 1 was not covered in the local press at all, not by the usually nosy Walton Reporter who is on the scene to report, for example, women dragged into the street by police officers barefoot. Apparently, a night-time housefire that destroyed the entire residence of a local critic of the judiciary, police and prosecutorial misconduct, a couple of months after she was acquitted of fabricated criminal charges and following "incidents" when her dog was mysteriously killed on her property was not a good story for "Walton Reporter", nor for the Oneonta Daily Star, another local newspaper.
The Fire # 2 was covered extensively by the Oneonta's Daily Star: see here and by regional TV.
The Fire # 1 was not reported to the electrical company by firefighters, as it was supposed to be done, and the electrical company was flabbergasted to find live electric on the site of fire and the house gone when they eventually came there.
For Fire # 2, local firefighters followed the rules to the T and reported the fire to the electrical company.
Why such a difference in firefighting procedures, investigation of the fire and securing the site of the fire?
In Fire # 1 the house belonged to a critic of misconduct of the local government, including the police, the District Attorney's office and several judges, a person who was actively filing Freedom of Information requests for access to public records exposing governmental misconduct.
And you know what happens in this country to such people - see here and here.
As I stated on this blog back in June of 2016, it was not important to investigate the fire of Barbara's house - because of whose house was burnt.
After all, as a firefighter's girl-friend told me, Delhi Fire Department chooses whether to pee or not to pee on people's fires based on whether those people do or do not criticize the government - or whether the owners have friends in the government.
So, residents of Delaware County, feel especially safe - your local police force is armed to the teeth, but is hired through family connections, without verification of credentials, and is not certified for the use of guns and Tasers, local police officers get involved in acts of violence, including assault and attempted murder, which is not investigated, attempted (as in my home's case) and completed (as in Barbara's home's case) arsons of homes of critics of the government are not investigated.
Just be good and do not criticize anyone - and then you can feel safe in Delhi, NY, and in Delaware County.