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House burns, and Schenectady pays

Owner is in prison, and says he’s no longer the owner

Schenectady firefighters Jon Wayand and Lt. Chris Carroll, battle a 2-alarm fire in a vacant building at 822 State Street, after flames broke out  shortly before 7 a.m. Monday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Schenectady firefighters Jon Wayand and Lt. Chris Carroll, battle a 2-alarm fire in a vacant building at 822 State Street, after flames broke out shortly before 7 a.m. Monday.
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The owner of the vacant State Street house that burned down Monday is in state prison, city officials discovered this week, complicating efforts to deal with the charred remains. It is yet another example of the mire the city finds itself in when it tries to resolve just one case of blight. In this case, the owner left no one to maintain the properties whilst locked up. In addition, he now says that the State ...


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