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Sennett man fined $1,500 for starting large lumber fire

A Sennett man who started a backyard fire that spread to an adjacent lumber yard in April has been fined $1,500, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

David J. Panek, 65, of Chestnut Ridge Road, was convicted of unlawful disposal of solid waste, a violation, on Nov. 15 in the Town of Sennett Court. He was fined $1,500 plus a $90 court surcharge.

Panek admitted to burning yard and household waste in his backyard on April 9, the DEC told The Citizen previously. Next door, hundreds of logs owned by Christopher Sandstrom of Cayuga Tree Service, Inc. caught fire after a wind spread the flames. Sandstrom had said his business suffered about $20,000 in damage.

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