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June 27, 2007

Albany--  An afternoon fire in East Albany is under investigation.

About 5 Wednesday afternoon, Albany firefighters responded to an abandoned house fire on Thornton Avenue. An hour later, they were still putting out hot spots.

Flames shot up only a few feet away from a home next door. That's where Dale Bumbalough was selling fruit in the front yard when he smelled smoke. He thinks thieves stealing copper wiring may have sparked the fire.

"The fire was about three feet from his house. We went back there with two water hoses and were spraying while we were calling 911," said Dale Bumbalough.

Bumbalough says those flames reached high into the trees. He's thankful they didn't reach his friend's home.

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