Sheriff: Man in fatal Solon fire identified

The Cortland County Sheriff’s Office identified a McGraw man this afternoon as the person found dead in a barn fire early Saturday morning in Solon.

Paul W. Burdick, III, 35, of of Lapp Hill Road in McGraw was discovered by firefighters as they battled a fire that consumed an open-sided hay barn, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The fire’s cause is under investigation, said Lt. Todd Caufield in a news release.

Further information regarding the manner of Burdick’s death and the investigation were unavailable this afternoon.

Firefighters were called at 2:21 a.m. to the barn fire at a farm on Lapp Hill Road in Solon, according to the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office. The barn -- constructed of simple poles and a roof -- was fully engulfed when Cortlandville Firefighters arrived, said Chief Gere Henry Sunday. McGraw and Homer firefighters assisted in extinguishing the fire, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release. 

A Facebook page of a Paul Burdick states he is from McGraw and lives in Solon. The page shows a cover photo of a young boy and a woman in the cab of a large, white pickup truck. While inactive since 2015, the page includes family snowmobiling videos.