HORSEHEADS, N.Y. (WETM) UPDATE Jan 27: An investigation is underway into the fire that displaced dozens of people at a Horseheads motel and sent one to the hospital.

According to Horseheads Police Chief Tom Stickler, the Police Department is waiting for a report from the New York State and Chemung County Arson teams from their investigation.

Stickler told 18 News that due to being a fire scene, the police department would work with the arson teams “and then determine if charges are appropriate from either a criminal or mental health aspect.”

18 News will continue to follow this story and provide details as they become available.

UPDATE 10:32 p.m.: One person is injured and dozens of people are displaced after a fire at America’s Best Value Inn in Horseheads.

18 News spoke with the Horseheads Fire Department Chief, Arthur Sullivan, who said the blaze started just after 5:00 p.m. The Horseheads, Town and Country, and Elmira Heights Fire Department all responded to the scene.

According to Chief Sullivan, upon their arrival, they found one burn victim who ran down from his room into the lobby. That person was transported by Erway Ambulance to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. The extent of his injuries are unknown at this time.

Sullivan said there was a room fire upstairs that caused “significant” fire and water damage to the building. Both Chemung County and State Fire are investigating the cause of the fire as it is still unknown at this time.

The motel had to be closed through the Village of Horseheads Code Department and the Chemung County Health Department.

Catholic Charities and the Red Cross are working to find placement for approximately 70 to 100 people who were displaced due to the fire.

16 Horseheads firefighters assisted in the fire, as well as 12 others from Town and County and Elmira Heights.

Sullivan said it was “good cooperation” between the various different agencies.


A fire was reported at America’s Best Value Inn in Horseheads Wednesday evening.

According to the Chemung County Firewire, the fire was reported around 5 p.m. and the Horseheads, Town and Country and Elmira Heights Fire Departments responded. One person was also reportedly burned in the fire.

Footage from an 18 News reporter on the scene showed several fire trucks outside the hotel. There was no apparent fire damage visible on the exterior of the building, and there is no confirmation of any injuries.

This is a developing story. 18 News has reached out to the Horseheads and Town and Country Fire Departments and more information will be provided as it becomes available.