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Police have suspects in string of fires set in Rensselaer County

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— Authorities say they’ve identified suspects in more than 20 suspicious fires set in two rural towns dating back to 2008.

The Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office say “persons of interest” are known to investigators looking into the blazes set in neighboring Schaghticoke and Pittstown, about 15 miles north of Albany.

The latest arson fire was set in a garage in the village of Schaghticoke around 3 a.m. Thursday. Officials say the flames jumped to a neighboring house where a family was sleeping. No one was injured.

Investigators say the fires have tended to be set in the early morning hours in buildings that have been abandoned or were empty, including an old mill in the hamlet of Valley Falls that was torched in April 2009.

No arrests have been made.

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