The home of a man accused of killing a woman in a crash while on heroin was severely damaged by fire Monday morning.
According to 911 dispatchers, firefighters were called to a mobile home at 5500 Grosvenor Road in Clay Monday morning. Court papers show, and the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office confirms, that this is the address of 38-year-old Muhammad Baqir, who was the driver in a crash that killed 34-year-old Meagan Patterson last Sunday. Baqir later admitted to police that he had used heroin earlier that day .
Officials say no one inside the home at the time of the fire, and the fire was knocked down shortly after firefighters responded. Chief John Perkins of the Moyers Corners Fire Department says the fire was called in just after 4:00 a.m. and was well involved by the time crews got there. They were able to put it out quickly.
The Sheriff's Department confirms that its Criminal Investigations Division has taken charge of the investigation into the fire.
Neighbor Dawn St. Andrew says she and other neighbors were questioned by investigators if they saw anything before fire. Another neighbor, James Oliver told CNY Central's Jim Kenyon that he heard the sound of breaking glass before the fire erupted. When asked if he thought someone started the fire, Oliver replied, "I would think so because there was nothing going on, it was quiet and all of the sudden, smash and there was fire."