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Troy Fire Chief calls 6 overnight fires suspicious
Troy police and fire officials are investigating a string of fires that happened in Lansingburgh early Monday morning. They responded to six fires from about 3:30 am to 6 am Monday and are calling all of them suspicious.
"I heard windows breaking. I looked out and there was nothing but flames coming out of the side of the house," said Brenda Baker, who lives on 3rd Ave in Lansingburgh.
She lives across the street from a burned out, abandoned home. City officials said that was the first scene they responded to Monday morning.
"Every 15 minutes, it seemed like we were getting a fire," said Fire Chief Tom Garrett.
Chief Garrett said fire crews were running from call to call. He said some of the calls were in alleys, one was a garage, the other was another abandoned home.
"To be honest with you, we had no one available in the city at a couple different times," he said.
The Fire Chief, Police Chief and Mayor spoke with CBS6 after a special meeting they called because of these fires.
The Mayor said this will not be tolerated in the city and asked residents for their help. Officials want anyone with information, or who sees anything, to call. They are also asking people to keep their outside lights on, to deter crime.
Investigators are trying to figure out how the fires started as police are trying to figure out who's responsible. The Police Chief said crimes like this are hard to solve because evidence is hard to come by. But he said more resources will be on the streets until progress is made. He wouldn't go into detail about what that would look like. He did say Troy is receiving help from some outside agencies.
"We're working with partner agencies such as New York Parole and Probation to see if there's been any early release of people who would have the criminal history that would indicate arson," said Police Chief John Tedesco.
Chief Tedesco said that it is too soon to know who could be responsible or what their background is. But he said police don't think they were in a car.
"We would think bicycle or foot. We had every patrol car in the city was stationed in Lansingburgh last night," he said. "There were nine patrol officers there including a sergeant and they didn't see a glimpse of anyone."
Baker hopes that what happened Monday is the last of the suspicious fires.
"I think its crazy. I don't understand what they get out of going around burning buildings up," said Baker. "It's jeopardizing everyone plus the firemen."