Submitted by the Erie County District Attorney’s Office
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn offered the following statement on Thursday:
“My office has completed our investigation into the building fire that claimed the life of Buffalo firefighter Jason Arno. Based upon the evidence, we have determined that there are no criminal charges that can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
“We recently received a final report on the fire that occurred at 743 Main St., in the City of Buffalo, on March 1, 2023, from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The official report ruled the cause of the fire as accidental. The origin of the fire was attributed to sparks from a blowtorch, which was being used by masonry workers near an exterior door of the building.
“Our investigation determined that the actions of workers did not rise to the level of criminal conduct. Any potential permit violations will be referred to the City of Buffalo for further review.
“Jason Arno will be remembered for exemplifying bravery when he died in the line of duty while answering the call to protect the residents of the City of Buffalo. His family and friends remain in my thoughts and prayers as they continue to grieve his tragic and untimely death.”