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Fire destroys an old Tift Avenue home

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January 21, 2003

Albany- Late Tuesday afternoon flames engulfed the entire house at 313 Tift Avenue from front to back, and smoke filled the air for blocks.

"When we got there it was already heavily involved, I'm guessing about one-third of the house with it coming through the roof," says Battalion Chief, Arthur Dyer.

Dyer says it took 15 firemen, 3 engines, and an areal truck over half an hour to control the blaze. Neighbors watched as only several feet separated the fire from their homes.

"I saw one puff of smoke come out the top and by the time I got out the back door, it was just pouring black smoke out of the roof I'd says within ten seconds. Thank goodness they got here and stopped the sparks from spreading anywhere," says Steve Brown who lives next door.

One neighbor says she started having contractions when she saw so much smoke, she was relieved she didn't go into labor. Now she has suspicions about how the fire started.

"There were two men trying to get into that one. They set fires in the yard and stuff," says Stacey Dale. "They're homeless; they were just trying to stay anywhere they could."

Both neighbors say the house has been vacant for months. Wednesday the smoke will have settled, and the investigation will begin.

Firefighters are still trying to find out who owns the home. It's located at 313 West Tift. If you have any information please call Fire Station One at (229) 430-5191 and ask for the battalion chief.

Posted at 10:30 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com