Investigation continues as questions linger after Jay Street fire

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — It’s been dangerous and delicate work as investigators continue to comb through debris and rubble inside 104 Jay St. after a fire on March 6 destroyed the building along with two others.

So far they’ve recovered four sets of human remains, but crews have yet to enter buildings 100 and 102 where the fire spread.Police say those buildings are too unstable to enter, and for now, inspections have to be done from outside.

Demolition is expected within a day or two after ATF wraps up its investigation.

But survivors of the fire are now displaced, and many still want to know why the buildings fire alarms didn’t work that night.

NEWS10 requested access to a code inspection conducted the day before the fire through the Freedom of Information Law, and was denied due to the current investigation.  The owner of the building, however, has made claims to NEWS10 in a previous interview that it passed inspection.

Mayor Gary McCarthy told NEWS10 the district attorney’s office issued subpoenas for those documents, and the District Attorney Robert Carney told reporter Rachel Yonkunas that he could not comment due to the active investigation and that the document could become evidence.

A cause of the fire has yet to be determined. Police say it’s premature to call this a criminal investigation, but they aren’t ruling it out.

“At this point we have not determined point and cause of origin of the fire. Therefore we cannot rule out criminal activity,” said Lt. Mark McCracken.

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