ALBANY, Ore. — Albany police are investigating a fire at a triplex on the 2500 block of Sherman Street. It happened at 3 a.m. on Wednesday. When firefighters arrived, the streetside unit was engulfed in flames.
“There were a lot of flames flying out the windows because the window exploded…you could see the heat coming out of it and the smoke rolling off the edge of the building,” said neighbor Antoinette Bales.
Smoke quickly spread to the other two units. Six people were displaced.
Police are calling the fire suspicious. They arrested two residents but won’t say if they were connected to the fire; only that they had outstanding warrants. Bales tells me she’s seen a lot of police activity at the unit in the past.
“The police were there a lot. He got in trouble a lot for different things,” said Bales.
Bales is a victim of a house fire and is relieved everyone got out in time.
“It really concerned me and I was pleased to see that everybody got out of it because it’s very distressing, knowing there was children in both of the places,” said Bales.
No one was hurt. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.