It was November 26th, 1978 when fire swept through the Holiday Inn on West Ridge Road. The fire was ruled arson, however there have been no arrests.
"This is a murder investigation. There were 10 people killed in the fire and that's a homicide investigation," said Captain Patrick Phelan, Greece Police Department.
Members of the multi-agency task force investigating that deadly fire executed a search warrant at the Ridge Road Fire District Headquarters. The Greece Police Department, Monroe County Sheriff's Office, New York State Police, ATF, FBI and Monroe County District Attorney's Office searched two buildings owned by the Fire District.
Police say new information led them to the firehouse.
"We have reasonable cause to believe that there is evidence here that is related to the murder investigation and we are collecting evidence," Phelan said.
Ridge Road Fire Chief Bud Phillips has been called a person of interest by Greece Police. He was a lieutenant with the fire department in 1978. Although Phillips was working a night security job when the fire broke out, he was the first on the scene claiming to have seen flames coming from the hotel.
Police would not comment on whether Phillips is still a person of interest. Investigators have conducted hundreds of interviews but would not say if Phillips was among them.
A total of 183 people were staying at the Holiday Inn the night of the fire; 130 from Canada here on a holiday shopping trip. Seven Canadians were among the dead.
"We want to close every open homicide investigation that we have and we'd love to close this one successfully with an arrest. That's the focus of the task force is to persue leads, collect information and hopefully the goal of any homicide investigation is to make an arrest," said Phelan.
No arrests were made following the search of the firehouse and police say none are anticipated in the near future. This remains an open investigation and police say Friday's search is just another step.