Barn fire called suspicious

Fire departments throughout Montgomery County responded to three separate fires Friday night and early Saturday.

A barn at 7145 Route 5S in Minden burned to the ground before sunrise Saturday, and state police say the blaze is being investigated as a suspected case of arson.

Two previous suspicious fires were extinguished last month at the same barn, where about 50 neglected dogs had been seized on Jan. 2, according to local and state authorities.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department received the report of the latest fire around 5 a.m. and dispatched the Fort Plain Fire Department to the scene. No animals were in the barn during Saturday’s fire, according to state police.

Sgt. Andrew Donato of the state police at Fonda said all three fires at the barn are being treated as acts of arson, and the cause of Saturday’s blaze was still under investigation.

Two other fires broke out in Montgomery County on Friday night. In Fultonville, a tractor caught fire in a garage at 218 Riverside Drive. Eight fire departments responded around 10 p.m. and contained the fire to the tractor, according to Montgomery County Fire Coordinator Dale Furman. He said no injuries were reported.

Around 8:20 p.m. Friday, a single-family home caught fire in Charleston, just a few doors down from the firehouse on East Lykers Street.

Firefighters from several departments battled the fire, but the house was a total loss. No one was injured in the fire.

The American Red Cross reported it provided emergency aid to one adult occupant.