Investigators: Binghamton Fire Was Arson
A blaze that damaged a building that had housed a Binghamton lumber business has been ruled incendiary in nature.
Monday's fire at the former All Around Building Supplies property on Brown Street was reported shortly after 2:30 p.m.
Fire marshal Daniel Eggleston says
utilities to the structure had been shut off. He says investigators were not able to determine exactly what was used to start the fire.
Eggleston says the blaze originated deep inside a garage area. He says firefighters came across a lit candle away from the origination point. Twelve other candles were in that room.
Several hypodermic needles had been tossed onto a roof area of the building.
Eggleston says there was clear evidence squatters had been inside the structure.
The fire was brought under control after about 30 minutes. No injuries were reported.
Binghamton police detective captain Jack Collins says investigators will try to find those responsible for the fire.
At least two other fires had been reported at the site over the past couple of years.
Collins says city police are continuing to work on several other arson cases, including blazes that destroyed the former Lincoln Hotel and the old Pa's Woodshed building.