Investigators continue to probe into the cause of a suspicious fie in Mt. Vernon

Investigators are back on the scene Monday of a fire they say is suspicious.

The fast moving blaze started around 11:40 a.m. Saturday in a building located at 14 Sanford Avenue in Mount Vernon. It took firefighters three hours to get the blaze under control.

Investigators say because the building where the fire began was vacant and the utilities were shut off, it leads them to believe that someone set the fire. And because the fire spread so rapidly, fire officials believe an accelerant may have been used.

The blaze was so intense that it melted the siding of a building across the street and damaged a building next door, which housed a deli, paint store, laundromat and apartments. Seven people are still without a place to live due to the fire.

This is the second suspicious fire in Mount Vernon in three weeks. Fire officials are asking residents who see anything suspicious in the area to call police or the fire department.

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