SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Saratoga Springs Police say there is now a person
or persons of interest in connection to an arson fire on Woodlawn Avenue over
Police say no arrests have been made yet, but they do believe the fire
which broke out in a row of historic homes at 106-108 Woodlawn Avenue in July
was deliberately set.
The latest development was announced by police on Tuesday. The fire has been
since it occurred.
More than 30 residents, including a number of Saratoga Race Course
employees, were displaced after the early morning hours of July 28th. There
were approximately 16 resident's home at the time of the fire and they were all
evacuated without injury.
Nearly 100 firefighters, with 15 fire trucks, battled the flames that tore
through four row homes on Woodlawn Avenue. In order to extinguish the hot spots
in their entirety, crews were on the scene for more than 12 hours. Three
firefighters were transported to Saratoga Hospital and treated for heat and
smoke related issues.
Police on Tuesday say the fire had numerous points of origin, and that
ignitable liquids were found at the scene. A search warrant was executed
in a home in the town of Wilton just 21 hours after the fire began.
The Assistant Fire Chief says the fire was mostly in the rear of 108
Woodlawn Avenue because of the lack of firewall in the construction of the
The first 911 call was made by a tenant from 108 Woodlawn Avenue at 4:01 a.m. as
the building was catching fire, according to Assistant Chief John Catone.
she runs out of the building she turns and takes a picture," he said.
a picture Catone says turned out to be crucial to their investigation in determining
the fire as arson.
police looked at the point of origin and interviewed tenants, they gathered
information that someone had possibly set the apartments on fire.
on our investigation and the evidence we collected, we applied for a search warrant,
were granted that, executed that search warrant and I'm going to leave it at
that," he said. "If we wanted to go out make an arrest we could do that, our
ultimate goal is to put the person or people responsible in prison."
The investigation is still ongoing, and investigators say the evidence will
need to fall into place before an arrest can be made.
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