A construction electrician was charged in an April 1 fire that destroyed a home in Albany, N.Y., authorities said.
The homeowner was not injured.
The fire started about 1:15 a.m. on a porch in the 900 block of North Main Street, the Albany Police Department said in a news release.
The house was gutted and a large fire destroyed several structures, including a barn, fire station, a laundry and a barn-style home.
A resident reported that flames were pouring from a window.
The man told investigators that he had to fight them to get out of the house because he could hear the smoke coming from the home.
He said he had been standing outside with his dog when he heard the fire.
Police said that the building was guttered and a fire destroyed three structures.
The resident reported the fire was suspicious.
Albany Fire Capt. Michael Devereaux said investigators were looking into the fire’s cause.
A fire department official told the Albany Times Union that the fire originated in a basement attic where electrical equipment was located.
The department said the attic is currently under investigation.
The Times Union also reported that the attic belonged to a construction contractor who was building a basement for a building in the neighborhood.
No one was home at the time of the fire and no one was hurt.
Authorities did not say if the contractor was paid.