July 19, 2013

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Fire in abandoned house under investigation as suspicious

SUFFERN – Fire just before 2:30 Thursday morning in an abandoned house at 363 Route 59 in Suffern damaged the structure and Ramapo Police are investigating the cause as suspicious.

The fire was called in by a pedestrian who was on Route 59 when he said he heard some noise and saw a white man leaving the property on foot.  Police checked the area but were unable to find anyone who matched the description.

The Tallman Fire Department, with the assistance of firefighters from Suffern and Monsey, extinguished the blaze.  Also assisting at the scene were Ramapo Valley Volunteer Ambulance Corp and Rockland Paramedics.

The Village of Airmont fire inspector, the Rockland County Sheriff’s BCI Arson Unit and Ramapo Police detectives are investigating the cause as suspicious.

Route 59 between College Road and Cherry Lane was closed down for two hours.

No emergency services personnel were injured during the incident.

The property owner, Harvey Waxman of ZIM Holding Co. of Monsey was notified of the fire.

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