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Investigator calls Albany shop fire arson

Early morning Albany fire set intentionally

ALBANY — An early morning fire in a shop behind a home on Residence Avenue has been classified as arson, according to an investigator with the Albany Fire Department.

Firefighters responded around 1:30 a.m.Thursday to a structure fire at 928 W. Residence Ave., officials say. Upon arrival, the found “heavy fire” coming from a shop in the back yard of the residence. Fire investigator Sam Harris said two vehicles, also on fire, were inside the shop with another parked outside.

The blaze was extinguished in just more than ten minutes, officials say. Investigators determined the fire had been set intentionally. According to fire officials, all of the vehicles belonged to the owner of the residence and none of them were insured, police said.

Harris said investigators are gathering evidence in the case and are hopeful that video surveillance provided by a neighbor will be helpful in identifying the arsonist.

“There are a lot of things going on,” Harris said. “We’re getting it all sorted out.”