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Historic home was victim of arson

January 17, 2006

Albany -- Fire investigators say someone deliberately set a fire that destroyed an historic Albany home over the weekend.

Investigators say it was definitely arson that destroyed the home at 519 West Lincoln Avenue. Someone poured a volatile liquid around the back area of the home and set the fire in several different areas.

 The home belongs to the Carnegies. Years ago, people like Mahalia Jackson and Joe Louis boarded at the home with Gladys Carnegie, because most of the hotels in Albany would not accept black customers.

 Family members say many important documents and memories were lost in the fire. No one has been charged with arson.

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