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Albany firefighters battle Thanksgiving blazes

Two East Albany fires have been attributed to arson

The charred remains of a mattress inside a residence at 208 Cone St. shows the effects of an arson fire on Thursday. (Staff photo: Jim West)

The charred remains of a mattress inside a residence at 208 Cone St. shows the effects of an arson fire on Thursday. (Staff photo: Jim West)

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A fire at 2415-A Leonard Ave. was one of two blazes fought by Albany firefighters Thursday evening. (Staff photo: Jim West)

ALBANY — Firefighters battled twin blazes within minutes of each other in east Albany Thanksgiving night, Albany Fire Department officials said.

Assistant Fire Chief Kelly Harcrow said the first call came at 7:25 p.m. for a vacant residence at 2415-A Leonard Ave. As firefighters gained control of the blaze, they received another call for 208 Cone St., also vacant, and just around the corner from the first fire.

Neighbors told firefighters they heard some noise at the Leonard Street address and saw several people leave from the residence.

According to Harcrow, fire inspector Sam Harris visited the fire sites late Thursday evening an determined that both fires were caused by arson.

Harris believes, Harcrow said, that both fires may have been set by vagrants using the buildings for their own purposes. Both addresses were locations of earlier arson fires as well, Harcrow said.