CORNING - According to State Police the woman killed in a Tuesday morning fire in Riverside was 82-year-old Gladys Ann Willow.
Willow is the grandmother of Justin L. Gause, 21, of Corning, who was charged Tuesday by state police with second-degree manslaughter, first-degree reckless endangerment and third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine.
Gause was arraigned Wednesday morning at the Steuben County Centralized Arraignment and sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail, officials said. He will reappear in Steuben County Court at a later time to answer to the charges.
Fire departments and police responded to a structure fire at 20 Townsend Avenue at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, officials said. As a result of that investigation, Willow was determined to be deseased.
Canandaigua State Police Lieutenant Sam Spezio said the investigation still has a long way to go.
“Evidence-wise there are many more hours we have to put in,” Spezio said.
Officials can not release at this time if the making of methamphetamine caused the fire.
Firefighters from several area fire departments fought the blaze for nearly 30 minutes.
Willow was rushed from the scene to the Guthrie Corning Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.