Task force created as Lansingburgh fire total grows

The flames consumed 809 Second Ave. in Lansingburgh early Sunday morning and then quickly spread to the homes on either side.

LANSINGBURGH, N.Y. – A task force has been created in Troy after fire crews spent Sunday battling a fire in Lansingburgh, which ultimately destroyed three homes.

The flames consumed 809 Second Ave. in Lansingburgh early Sunday morning and then quickly spread to the homes located at 803 and 811 Second Ave.

Daylight revealed the full extent of the damage on Monday. The fire chief confirms all three buildings will need to be demolished.

As for the cause, city officials said it started in the rear of the first home and is likely suspicious because it was vacant. If the fire is declared suspicious, it would be the fifteenth suspicious fire in Lansingburgh since July.

Cailin McCafferty lives across the street from the blaze. She knows the three families that have been left homeless.

“They have to do something or somebody is going to die in a fire,” she said.

Back in July, Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia joined with the police chief and fire chief to announce the city would be stepping up patrols in the area. No arrests have been made.

On Monday, the fire chief, police chief and mayor met again. Rosamilia said they will now be stepping up patrols in the area with the creation of a task force. Rosamilia said it will be comprised of seven people from the police department and code enforcement.

“We’re taking people and reassigning them specifically to work on fire investigation to work to collaboratively with one another as well as bringing in pieces from their own portions,” he said. “This is a full-time assignment for them. So what they’ll do is they’ll meet on a daily basis. They’ll discuss what if lead information they need to go to.”

The mayor said there’s likely more than one person behind the suspicious fires. The most recent fire is the more brazen than the others being that Second Avenue is a main road. Rosamilia said they have surveillance video they’re reviewing.

A hotline for tips from anyone who may have information has been created. Please call 687-1045.

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