ST. JOHNSVILLE, N.Y. - Fire officials in the Montgomery County town of St. Johnsville say a fire which broke out in an apartment complex overnight is suspicious.
The St. Johnsville Fire Department says the fire started around 3 a.m. on Wednesday and residents of nine apartments in the building at 12 Hough Street have been affected.
Officials say the fire started in the detached two-car garage behind the boarding house, where the owners tell NEWS10 ABC there is no electricty. The garage was compeletely destroyed, but the house is okay.
Bonnie Bent, the owner of the home, says the people live in the boarding house include several who are elderly and in poor health.
"It takes away from our people living here
because we built it for people to have their rooms and we accommodate everyone
to have a very nice place," Bent said.
While the fire is suspicious, residents will be allowed back into the home while the investigation into the cause is underway. The nine families affected should be back in their homes within the next couple of days.
There were no injuries reported and the apartment building is not a total loss.
The Red Cross is assisting ten adults and two children.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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