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Arson eyed in fire that destroyed old NY mansion

June 12, 2013

PORT HENRY, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a fire that destroyed a 163-year-old mansion in an eastern New York village is being investigated as a possible arson.

The Press-Republican of Plattsburgh reports (http://bit.ly/1941M6M ) that Essex County emergency services officials say Monday afternoon’s fire at the Neil Anderson house in Port Henry started in the basement. No one lived in the mansion, which was built in 1850.

Officials say the state police Bureau of Criminal Investigation has joined the investigation.

Authorities say the mansion is owned by Michael Mackin of Ludlow, Mass., who bought the property in 2011. The newspaper reports that he also owns another old mansion across from the Anderson house and at one time had been restoring both properties.

Port Henry is located on Lake Champlain’s eastern shore, 95 miles north of Albany.

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Information from: Press-Republican, http://www.pressrepublican.com

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