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Authorities investigate Albion explosion and fire

Authorities investigate Albion explosion and fire

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The fire that damaged three houses in Albion and injured one person started in the attached garage of one of the houses, according to Police Chief Roland D. Nenni III. 

The Orleans County 911 center received numerous calls reporting the explosion and fire about 4:30 p.m. Saturday at 221 W. State St., where the fire started. 

"Because of the initial reports of an explosion and the lack of an obvious cause of an explosion, bomb squad technicians were brought in to make sure the scene was safe," Nenni said in a press release. "The safety of the firefighters, who had to finish the overhaul process of the scene, and general public was made sure of by specialists who determined there was no further risk of explosions."

The house was heavily involved with fire when Albion Police and Orleans County Sheriff's deputies arrived at the scene, Nenni said. The fire quickly spread to the adjacent homes at 219 W. State St. and 5 E. Academy St.

A male occupant of 221 W. State St. was found at the scene with injuries that were not life-threatening and consistent with an explosion and fire, according to the police chief. He was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

The Albion Fire Department and a number of surrounding fire companies responding through mutual aid put out the fire. Damage to the houses at 221 W. State and 5 E. Academy streets was called "extensive."

The Albion Police Department is being assisted by the Orleans County Fire Investigation Unit, New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad and the FBI in its investigation into the cause of the explosion and fire, according to Nenni.

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