The April fire that ripped through and destroyed the former Dad’s Musical Instruments and More in Johnstown was deemed suspicious Monday afternoon, according to Fulton County District Attorney Louise Sira.
“Both the cause and the origin of the fire are suspicious,” she said. “The investigation will continue tomorrow.”
Garry Lane, owner of the Route 30A store, previously estimated that he had about $250,000 to $300,000 worth of inventory, mostly musical instruments, in the store at the time of the fire. He could not be reached for comment Monday.
Sira said that several Fulton County sheriff’s officers, the Fulton County Fire Special Operation Unit and New York state fire personnel were at the scene Monday.
“Hopefully within the coming days we can determine a cause of the fire and find where it originated,” Sira said.
Bruce Heberer, deputy fire coordinator in charge of the Fulton County Fire Investigation Team, told The Gazette several weeks ago that the fire is thought to have started somewhere near the middle of the building, but the exact origin and cause are unknown.
The fire was first reported at 12:06 a.m. on April 10.