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Fire at Albany business investigated as arson

Albany City officials voice safety concerns after a business building burns for the second time in three months. (Source: WALB) Albany City officials voice safety concerns after a business building burns for the second time in three months. (Source: WALB)
Firefighters continue work on finding the arsonist. (Source: WALB) Firefighters continue work on finding the arsonist. (Source: WALB)
Fire investigators said the second fire in the burned shell of The Rising Phoenix on North Slappey was arson. (Source: WALB) Fire investigators said the second fire in the burned shell of The Rising Phoenix on North Slappey was arson. (Source: WALB)
"We have found some video, that shows an individual leaving with a time stamp.  And of the smoke beginning as soon as they exit the building," said Albany Fire Department Investigator Sam Harris. (Source: WALB) "We have found some video, that shows an individual leaving with a time stamp.  And of the smoke beginning as soon as they exit the building," said Albany Fire Department Investigator Sam Harris. (Source: WALB)
"The ideal situation is the owner steps up to the table and takes care of the property the way they should," said Albany Code Enforcement Director Robert Carter. (Source: WALB) "The ideal situation is the owner steps up to the table and takes care of the property the way they should," said Albany Code Enforcement Director Robert Carter. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Albany City officials voice safety concerns after a business building burns for the second time in three months. 

Fire investigators said the second fire in the burned shell of The Rising Phoenix on North Slappey was arson.

Firefighters continue work on finding the arsonist.

Fire investigators say the blaze was intentionally set in the middle room of the building. 

"We have found some video, that shows an individual leaving with a time stamp.  And of the smoke beginning as soon as they exit the building," said Albany Fire Department Investigator Sam Harris.

An electrical short caused the first fire in the business March 30th. The Rising Phoenix building was declared a complete loss.  

Since then, city officials have been in contact with the owner, Carolyn Robinson, about demolishing the building.

"We're trying to push this forward as fast as we can through the court system.  And hopefully get it resolved. The ideal situation is the owner steps up to the table and takes care of the property the way they should," said Albany Code Enforcement Director Robert Carter.

The building is surrounded by yellow crime scene type tape, but neighbors said that people are still going in and out and city officials know that is a dangerous situation that needs to be taken care of.

Fire investigators continue gathering surveillance video, as they search for the arsonist and ask for community help.

If you have any information about this fire, call CRIMESTOPPERS at 436-TIPS.

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