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Sheriff: Fire at group home appears to be intentionally set

June 10, 2019 03:15 pm

KINDERHOOK — Multiple suspects are in custody but none have been formally charged after a shed was allegedly set on fire Monday, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.

The fire, which began in a small shed at 3433 Route 203, appears to have been intentionally set, Columbia County Sheriff’s Capt. John DeRocha said.

The eight-acre property includes the Kinderhof Group Home, which is owned by the Berkshire Farm Center & Services for Youth.

The fire was reported Monday by a passerby who saw smoke coming from the structure shortly before 11 a.m.

No injuries were reported.

The blaze was quickly put out by firefighters who arrived on scene within minutes. There was no damage to the shed, DeRocha said.

No one was charged in connection to the fire as of late Monday afternoon. The identities of the suspects are not being released at this time, DeRocha said.

The investigation into what was used to start the fire is ongoing, DeRocha said.

Berkshire Farm Center did not immediately return a request for comment Monday.

Check back for more details on this developing story.

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