UPDATE: Fire leads to arson investigation
ROME — No one was injured when a fire was quickly knocked down on the outside a multi-family residence at the corner of West Embargo and North Madison streets, according to the Rome Fire Department.
The fire is being investigated as possible arson, the Rome Police Department said.
Fire Captain Daniel F. Gifford said the alarm was raised at 7:30 p.m. for at fire at the three-story, three-family residence at 402 W. Embargo St. Gifford said one resident returned home and found smoke at the residence.
"She came home and there was a little bit of smoke in the house," the captain stated. Another person then called 911.
"We had light smoke and fire on the second floor, exterior of the building," Gifford said.
The fire is believed to have started on the outside of the second floor, on a portion of building off the back. The captain said the building has one unit on West Embargo Street and then two units on the North Madison Street side, which an address of 401 N. Madison St.
Responding firefighters took a hose line to the outside of the building and doused the flames, the captain said.
"They knocked it down pretty quick," Gifford stated. "Within minutes."
No one was injured in the firefight. No one was displaced from their home due to the fire. Gifford said the firefighters ventilated the light smoke from the residence and there was no fire damage on the inside of the home.
"We kept it exterior," he stated. "We were able to put it out before anything got inside."
The captain noted that the property is insured.
According to the Rome Police Department, the fire is believed to have been intentionally set. No arrests have been made so far and the investigation remains ongoing.
Police are asking any neighboring homes with security cameras to check their footage for anyone acting suspicious in the area.
Anyone with possible suspect footage, and anyone with information on the fire, is asked to call Rome Police at 315-339-7744. Anonymous tips can be sent to the website www.MohawkValleyCrimeStoppers.com or by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-866-730-8477.
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