Troy residents concerned about series of suspicious fires

October 23, 2017 06:07 PM

TROY - Susan Quinn watched in horror as the house across the street from hers burned Sunday morning.  But it's the building next door to hers that worries the life-long Lansingburgh resident the most.

"That's an abandoned house right there and all my neighbors are like 'you're next, what about you,'" worried Fourth Avenue resident, Susan Quinn.

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Since the end of May, investigators say there have been seven fires in the city of Troy - and a majority of them are believed to have been deliberately set.  The fires have been in vacant buildings and occurred overnight and in many instances, within blocks of each other.

"I feel like nothing is being done. It's happening over and over and over again," said another neighbor, Katrina Lashway.

The mayor did create a fire task force in early summer. It's made up of state, federal and local investigators. They don't know, or won't say, if the same person is behind every fire. Exactly what the task force is doing to find the person - or people - also can't be shared, according to the city, because it's believed that would jeopardize the investigations.

"The guys are working hard trying to stop this...if you witness any suspicious behavior...please call us" explained Chief Tom Garrett, of the Troy Fire Department.

The close-knit neighbors on 4th Avenue are watching *and* waiting - they expect there will be another fire and, hopefully, an arrest.

"You wake up with a thousand trucks outside your house, it makes you wonder what's next," added Lashway.

Garrett asks that residents keep on their exterior lights. 

Quinn already does but didn't see or hear anything Sunday morning, when the most recent fire broke out, "It's like a phantom, no clue."

Investigators are pulling old cases and trying to determine if any arsonists who served time but have been released from prison are responsible for the recent fires.


Abigail Bleck

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