Suspicious 2012 fires come back into light after string of arson in Troy

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Updated: 7/21 3:33 pm
 TROY, N.Y. – A string of arsons that fire crews battled in Troy on Monday brought back memories of similar fires that happened in July of 2012.

Thick black smoke poured from 3253 Sixth Avenue back in 2012, which fire officials said was the result of a suspicious blaze. 

“You never want to see anybody lose their property or worse yet their life because somebody is doing something that's pretty insane,” said Troy Fire Chief Tom Garrett.

Garrett confirms they battled nine suspicious fires over a six week period back in the summer of 2012. On Monday, crews battled six fires that were happened within only hours of each other. In response to both incidents, the city, police department and fire department all came together, pledged to track down those responsible.

“The idea behind that program was to make it more visible, the presence of the police and fire department, which is a little bit unprecedented. Especially with the fire department and they had a couple of people out there battalion vehicles, just driving around,” said Troy Mayor Lou Roamilia.

Rosamilia says the additional patrols went on for at least a week. The police department also assigned two detectives to investigate the arsons full time. However, authorities confirm that no arrest was ever made in connection to the two-year-old arsons.

“This is one of those situations where it's very difficult to make an arrest. You have to see someone in the act of doing this. So if they see something we need them. Unless there's a confession made,” said Rosamilia.
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