Troy fire severely damages unoccupied home

October 22, 2017 07:54 PM

TROY – Flames tore through a home on 4th Ave. early Sunday morning.

“The fire started in the rear [of the] unoccupied house [around] 3:45 a.m.,” said Troy Fire Chief Tom Garrett.

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Firefighters say it was a raging inferno when they got to the scene.

“When they pulled out of the firehouse at 115th Street, they could see the fire in the air three blocks away,” Garrett said.

Garrett says it was a tough battle. The heat was so intense that it melted part of the siding on the home next door.

“We cut probably eight holes in the roof and we had to cut part of the wall off because the fire was down in between the walls,” he said.

It took about an hour to put the brakes on the flames. Fire crews then spent another hour chasing hot spots. The home was vacant with no electricity, which is why it appears the fire may have been deliberately set.

It's the latest in a spate of fires at vacant buildings in the Collar City. NewsChannel 13 spoke with Garrett last month about one on Turnpike Road. Before that one, Troy Mayor Patrick Madden had created a taskforce to investigate vacant buildings going up in flames from May through July.

Authorities say they have evidence at least two of those fires were arson.

“We're still looking,” Garrett said. “We've got the state and the ATF helping again today.”

ATF and state fire officials are part of the taskforce. They're not sure if all the fires are connected.

“We're doing our best,” Garrett said. “Troy police are doing their best. We're doing the best we can out there.”

As for Sunday’s fire, Garrett says the home was severely damaged. It'll be up to code enforcement to figure out if it's salvageable.


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