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AFD: Suspicious fire damages house

ALBANY -- A fire with origins called "suspicious" burned through a bedroom and hallway at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday at 904 Van Deman St., Albany Fire Department Deputy Chief Ron Rowe said.

"The house is occupied, but there was no one home at the time of the fire. There were no injuries," Rowe said. "The fire is suspicious enough that our investigators and APD (Albany Police Department) investigators are working together to investigate."

When 17 firefighters arrived in three pumper trucks and a ladder truck, smoke was pouring out of the three-bedroom house's windows and eaves, the report added.

"The back bedroom was heavily damaged and there was fire in the hallway," Rowe said. "The fire report came in to the fire station at 10:15. The fire was out at 10:27. Twelve minutes from start to finish."

The possibility of arson was raised when the homeowner was interviewed, Rowe said the report stated.

"According to the reports, based on the knowledge of the homeowner, the fire could be retaliation for a boyfriend's involvement in a drug arrest," Rowe said."The investigation could take a few hours to a few days."