Albany house fire set intentionally

Investigator says arson was cause of Thursday night Albany house fire

ALBANY — An overnight fire that destroyed a home in south Albany was set intentionally, fire officials say.

According to a report from Albany Fire Department, a column of smoke could be seen by firefighters before their arrival at the burning home at 915 Riley St. around 11:45 p.m. Thursday. The emergency call came from an unidentified neighbor, fire officials said.

According to officials, the residence was vacant and about 5,000 gallons of water were required to extinguish the flames. Fire losses were estimated at $50,000 for the property and $1,000 for contents, officials say.

Fire investigator Sam Harris said it was determined that the fire was intentionally set in the east side of the residence. There were no suspects in the case Friday evening, Harris said, but the investigation was continuing.