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Schenectady FD: Two afternoon fires considered 'suspicious'

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The building at 942 State Street, hours after fire broke out there Monday The building at 942 State Street, hours after fire broke out there Monday

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- The Schenectady Fire Department is considering two fires that sprung up in the city late Monday afternoon as "suspicious" in origin.

Calls first came out for a fire at a vacant building on 942 State Street around 4:45 p.m. About 20-minutes later, crews were sent to a second fire at another vacant building; this one at 738 Albany Street.

Fire Chief Michael DellaRocco held an impromptu press conference shortly after 6 p.m., where he said both fires were considered suspicious but that it was too early to tell if they were related in any way.

Schenectady police said one person was detained for questioning in connection with the State Street fire, but they were soon released.

A reward is being offered by the Schenectady Police Department for information that leads to the arrest or conviction of a person(s) that started the apparent arson fires. Calls will be kept confidential, call the police department or arson hot line at 382-1199.

Last week, NEWS10 spoke with Chief DellaRocco about his concerns over the recent increase of suspicious fires in the city. We reported then that the department has been investigating at least seven confirmed "arson-like" fires so far this year.

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