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Troy woman's life remembered after fatal fire

Updated: 04/05/2014 1:10 PM
Created: 04/05/2014 11:19 AM WNYT.com
By: WNYT Staff

Friends, family, and neighbors of 19-year old Vanessa Milligan gathered on a chilly April evening, searching for comfort and fighting back tears in memory of a young woman who had everything to live for.

When Vanessa died inside her burning apartment building on Fifth Avenue and 10th Street in Lansingburgh Thursday night, she was nine months pregnant. She was the only one of 10 occupants unable to escape the inferno inside.

Meanwhile, fire investigators worked well into Friday night, wanting to make sure they didn't miss any potential evidence in what they're calling a wide open investigation.

Although fatal fires don't necessarily result in automatic search warrants, sources tell WNYT that because of certain circumstances and rumors, authorities are treating this as a suspicious fire.

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