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Fire consumes back half of vacant home

Photo by Casey Dixon

Photo by Casey Dixon

ALBANY -- Fire officials were trying to determine the cause of a fire that consumed the back half of a vacant house Monday evening on Cedar Avenue while neighbors watched from across the street.

Albany Fire Department Battalion Chief Keith Ambrose said firefighters responded to a blaze around 6:30 p.m. that was tearing through the back half of a house at 424 Cedar Ave.

"We had the fire under control in about 10 minutes," said the battalion chief. "Most of the damage is in the back half of the house."

Ambrose said the house was vacant and looked as if steps had been taken to try to demolish the structure.

"The ceiling had already been pulled and there is no power to the house," he said.

Around 7 p.m. Monday evening, neighbors were watching as firefighters worked to extinguish the flames of the smoking home. The house was directly across the street from a basketball court where several people continued their game.

Ambrose said Monday evening that fire officials will be conducting a investigation into the source of the fire.

"Because there is no power to the house I think we can rule out accidental," he said.

The house fire on Cedar Avenue was the second fire that fire officials battled Friday.

A home caught fire earlier in the day on the 1800 block of Greenvale Road. The cause of that fire was determined to be accidental.