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Electrical short guts Albany house

Firefighters walk through the remnants of a home on Kalmon Avenue Tuesday morning. The vacant house caught fire early Tuesday morning and investigators are still working to determine the cause.

Firefighters walk through the remnants of a home on Kalmon Avenue Tuesday morning. The vacant house caught fire early Tuesday morning and investigators are still working to determine the cause.

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Kalmon Avenue House fire

Kalmon Avenue House fire

ALBANY, Ga. — Albany Firefighters say an electrical short in the attic of a vacant home sparked a fire that destroyed the structure early Tuesday morning.

Albany Fire Department Arson Investigator Sam Harris said he believes the fire at 208 Kalmon Ave. originated in the attic early Tuesday morning.

“It started around the panel box. It wasn’t in the panel box, but just above that area,” Harris said. “I’d say that house is probably going to be torn down.”

No one was injured, and no one was believed to be in the building when it caught fire.

Anderson Real Estate Company is believed to be the property owner.

The change in seasons typically marks a height in activity for firefighters, who are often called out when people fire up their heaters for the first time and smell an odor many mistake for smoke.

Firefighters also see a spike in house fires during the winter months as people turn to older-model space heaters to keep warm, especially if there is a lack of central heating.

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