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Cold CasesKirk Ave. Fatal Fire

Kirk Ave. Fatal Fire

Victims: Freddie Donovan (age 40), Yolanda Harris (age 15), Nyesha Brown (age 2), Dashawn Walker (age 2), Mercedes Porter (age 1), Jayla Brown (age 9 months)

Date of Occurrence: May 10, 1991
Location of Occurrence: 310 Kirk Avenue
Synopsis:  At approximately 2:33 am neighbors discovered the fire and attempted to enter the home believing people were inside. By the time fire and police personnel arrived it was fully engulfed in flames. One resident escaped by jumping from a second story roof. It was later determined six people remained inside and died. Although the initial investigation indicated the fire originated as a result of an electrical issue, additional circumstances suggest the fire may have been intentionally set.


Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Syracuse Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division at (315) 442-5222, the Homicide Tip Line at (315) 442-5223 or by e-mail at All tips will be kept confidential.









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Syracuse, NY 13202
Phone: (315) 442-5200
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