Two more suspicious fires in Troy
Two more fires are being called suspicious in the Collar City. They both started at the vacant building at 3253 6th Avenue early Sunday morning. Three other adjacent buildings also caught fire. In total, 24 people were displaced. As our Megan Cruz reports, officials are seeing if these latest fires are connected to previous suspicious fires in the city this past month.
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TROY, N.Y. -- "Am I scared? Yeah. That's why there's always somebody up at night. We're trying to keep our children and our neighborhood safe," said Eleanor Alberio, a neighbor.
And it was a good thing Eleanor Alberio was up early Sunday morning. Around 1 a.m., she called 911 to report a fire in 3253 6th Avenue, just across the street from her place.
Firefighters responded, put out the fire, but had to come back just four hours later for a second fire at the same location.
"I think it's ridiculous and that whoever's doing these fires needs to realize that they're putting a lot of lives in danger, especially children," said Alberio.
According to Troy's Fire Chief Tom Garrett, both fires are being considered suspicious.
"Just the location, there was no reason for that fire to start in that house. There was no electricity, no gas," said Chief Garrett.
The Fire Chief says both fires started in the back of 3253 6th Avenue. He says this brings the number of suspicious and/or intentional fires in the city to nearly 10 within the last month.
"We don't believe that they're all connected. That's definitely not the case," said Chief Garrett.
What they're taking into consideration though is the fact that this isn't the first fire at 3253 6th Avenue. There had been one back on July 22nd, which officials also consider suspicious. While the building had been vacant during Sunday's fire, back on July 22nd, police say a woman had been living there because her home at 22 118th Street had also caught fire the week before. That one is being investigated as arson.
“A lot of this is happening in the North Central area. A lot of the fires are in close proximity to one another... we're trying to figure out what's going on, find out who's responsible,” said Chief Garrett.
In the meantime, Alberio is asking her neighbors to be on alert.
"Keep an eye out. Make sure that there aren't suspicious people. Try to keep our neighborhood safe for our children," said Alberio.