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Binghamton investigators looking into three 'suspicious' fires

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- Binghamton Police and Fire Departments are investigating three suspicious fires. All happened within several hours from Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning. 

The Binghamton Fire Department said the first fire was at 10:45 p.m. Tuesday at 23 Tudor Street. Another fire broke out at 8 Livingston Street at 2:55 a.m. Wednesday and a final fire was reported at 4:35 a.m. at 95 Susquehanna Street. 

"We're concerned especially when three of them come in a matter of a few hours of each other in vacant buildings like this," Binghamton Fire Captain Tim O'Neill said. 
O'Neill said no injuries were reported and all three buildings are unoccupied. The causes of all three fires are being investigated as suspicious. 

Lt. Cory Minor of the Binghamton Police Department said the department is helping in the investigation. 

"Detectives have been out in the neighborhoods trying to make contact with people. There's always a possibility that somebody may have seen or heard what may have transpired and may not even realize it," he said. 

Minor said the investigation is ongoing. 

"We're looking to determine if they were intentionally set, if it was accidental. Right now we're going through our investigative process to try to get the facts and put the pieces of the puzzle together," said Minor. 

The Binghamton Fire Marshall said the Livingston Street home was torn down Wednesday morning, the Tudor Street home sustained extensive damage on its third floor, and the Susquehanna Street home sustained superficial damage in the back. 

"We're going to be investigating for quite awhile. The causes of these all three were vacant, so there is no usual causes, so you have to start looking at some unusual causes," said O'Neill. 

Minor said with other vacant properties in the city the department is being proactive to ensure another fire does not happen. 

"The patrol division will be conducting property checks just to make sure that the buildings are boarded up and there hasn't been illegal entry," said Minor. 

If you have any information regarding the fires, contact police.

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