Chrisler Avenue fire that injured evicted resident called suspicious

The cause of a fire this morning in an evicted man’s former Chrisler Avenue apartment has been deeme
Jerry Forgett, left, Marcus LaBrake, Gage LaBrake and Jamie LaBrake watch from their Norwood Avenue apartment as firefighters battle a house fire on Chrisler Avenue on Monday.
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Jerry Forgett, left, Marcus LaBrake, Gage LaBrake and Jamie LaBrake watch from their Norwood Avenue apartment as firefighters battle a house fire on Chrisler Avenue on Monday.

The cause of a fire this morning in an evicted man’s former Chrisler Avenue apartment has been deemed suspicious, fire officials said this afternoon.

A man found in the apartment had recently been evicted from the home at 1210 Chrisler Ave. and was not supposed to be there, Deputy Fire Chief Edward Marquette said. The man, who was not identified, was taken to Ellis Hospital with minor burns after the 10:16 a.m. fire, officials said.

Officials were still investigating this afternoon, but are looking at the possibility that it was intentionally set.

“It’s definitely suspicious,” Marquette said, “no doubt about it.”

Marquette deferred further comment to Schenectady police. Police spokesman Lt. Brian Kilcullen had little additional information this afternoon. He said police were waiting to finish speaking with two individuals before making a determination.

Firefighters arrived to find smoke in the attic and fire in the second-floor bedroom. The fire caused only minor damage to the home, officials said.

The blaze also closed Chrisler Avenue at Norwood Avenue for more than an hour.

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