LIMA – A severe structure fire occurred at the home of Richard G. Willson, 7146 College Street in the Village of Lima last night just after midnight. According to a press release from Livingston County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, the intense fire destroyed a great deal of the house before being quickly extinguished by fire units from Lima, East Avon, Livonia, and Honeoye Falls-Mendon.
“Willson did sustain third degree burns to his right foot and lower right leg,” stated Sheriff Dougherty in the release, “and the residence is a total loss.”
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office 911 center received a complaint of a structure fire at 7146 College Street in the Village of Lima and the home owner, Richard G. Willson, possibly mentally ill.
It was discovered in a thorough investigation that Willson did pour gasoline inside the residence attempting burn the structure down. Liviona Medic unit 74 was on scene to give him immediate treatment for his injuries.
Willson was taken into custody by Deputy Michael Wade and Deputy Bill Clarke for a mental health arrest, then transported to Strong Memorial Hospital for treatment. There is a pending charge of Arson in the third degree when Willson is released from the hospital.
The investigation was conducted by Sheriff’s Office members Deputy Wade, Deputy Clarke, Deputy Lana, Deputy Geer, Sgt. Merrick and Investigator Wiedrick. Also assisting was Livingston County District Attorney Gregory McCaffrey, Deputy Fire Coordinator Thomas McGory and Deputy Fire Coordinator Jerry Gehrig.