State police are investigating the burning of two vehicles in Duanesburg as arson, police said today. Police, however, have so far found no evidence of shots fired, as initially feared.
Police received reports of shots or shots at the same time and in the same area of the fires. Police called those reports unconfirmed, citing multiple noises that can come from vehicle fires.
The reports of shots fired, however, remain under investigation.
Police confirmed no injuries resulted from the fires and said “officials feel there is no danger to the general public.”
The incident began at about 10:30 p.m. Monday when troopers responded to an anonymous report of two vehicles on fire along Route 160, also known as Mariaville Scotch Churches Road, in Duanesburg.
Troopers located the vehicles, both fully engulfed, and summoned firefighters.
An investigation is underway into the fires, but troopers have determined them to be arson, police said.
By mid-morning, both burned-out trucks, one a kind of dump truck and the other a pickup truck, remained, though police and fire officials were no longer on the scene.
Troopers interviewed neighbors to the property and the potential owner of the trucks and learned of the shot reports. Police said further investigation is needed to confirm or discount the reports, but noted “the bevy of noises associated with a vehicle fire.”
@prbarber1 heard from a witness shots fired sounded like an AK-47 then a large explosion. Confirmed fire at the scene. FD staging.— Peter R. Barber (@prbarber1) June 28, 2016
Here is what the two trucks look like now after they caught on fire in Mariaville. pic.twitter.com/aBsrDcPT5K— Kari Beal (@CBS6KariBeal) June 28, 2016