Fire ‘suspicious,’ according to chief

JOHNSTOWN – Tuesday morning’s fire that damaged the abandoned former Johnstown Millworks building on Bridge Street is being labeled “suspicious” by city Fire Chief Bruce Heberer.

He said today the city fire and police departments are working on determining the cause of the 7 a.m. blaze, but it may be an arson. Heberer said there was no electricity to the building, which has been abandoned for some time.

Fire destroyed a small storage room for sawdust and woodchips toward the back of the building. No one was injured

“We have a couple of leads that we’re working on right now,” Heberer said,

Heberer said the owner of the building is Manhattan developer Jerry Kuziw of Towaco, N.J. He is the same owner of several buildings on West State Street that were destroyed in an April 24, 2008, fire many consider one of the largest fires ever in the city.