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Wendy's fire not arson

August 15, 2007

Albany -- Faulty lights caused that fire at Wendy's in Albany early Wednesday morning. The fire started just after midnight outside the restaurant at Dawson and Slappey.

 The fire cracked glass windows and caused thousands of dollars in damage. Employees told Investigators there's been a lot of vandalism at the restaurant and they thought the fire was intentionally set.

But firefighters said the fire was caused by lights that ignited some pinestraw. Albany Fire Chief James Carswell said "light ballast generate their own heat, and if they short out they can generate a high level of heat. And they will set surrounding wood or plastic on fire, and we feel like that's what happened in this case."

 Firefighters say the restaurant re-opened later in the afternoon.

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