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Man Jailed For Homer Fire in 2016 Released From Prison


The man who was arrested and later convicted for a fire that occurred in the Village of Homer back in 2016 has been released to parole supervision in Cortland County.

Brian Bermudez was released from the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision yesterday, July 6th. Bermudez was currently in jail after a plea deal in 2018 for second degree manslaughter and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

It was back in September of 2016 in the early morning hours when a massive fire broke out at 23 South Main Street in the Village of Homer. The fire injured two people and killed 81 year old Dewayne Block. Bermudez was in the process of manufacturing meth inside the building when the blaze broke out.

It took multiple area fire departments hours to extinguish the flames that left an empty shell of a historic building, which was later demolished for safety reasons.

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