TROY, N.Y. – Crews began tearing down structures destroyed by an overnight fire on 5th Street
Two condemned buildings caught fire around 11:30 p.m. Sunday in Troy, and fire crews worked to put out hot spots into early Monday morning.
The buildings were already condemned and slated to come down, but now they're at the center of a criminal investigation.
The buildings were fully engulfed in flames before firefighters arrived. Crews had to fight the blaze from the outside because of unsafe conditions. Placards were on the outside of the buildings warning the crews not to go inside.
Troy City Fire Department Chief Tom Garrett said the fire is suspicious because there is not a reason for a fire to occur.
"There's no reason for a fire that size to get going," he said. "Obviously, the building was set on fire. There is no electricity hooked up to the buildings, there is not gas in there, there is no one living there. There is nothing."
Officials will conduct an investigation to determine the cause of the fire.
Because there are concerns that the buildings have asbestos, crews monitored the air quality for safety during the demolition.
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