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Fire at former Rome Cable building deemed incendiary

By WKTV News

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Monday night fire at the former Rome Cable Corporation Complex has been ruled incendiary by fire investigators.

According to the Rome Fire Department, a 20 foot by 140 foot catwalk, filled with old paper records and files from the company were set on fire, investigators said. Heavy white smoke filled the area while crews worked to douse the flames on Henry Street shortly after 6:30 p.m. Monday night.

The building is not in use and has been called an "eyesore" in the city since the company closed in 2003. The former Rome Cable Corporation was deemed unusable back in February by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. It was placed on a brownfield list for demolition and portion of the complex has been razed.

It was initially reported that the fire was at Rome Strip Steel on Henry Street. That is the building right next door. The Rome Strip Steel company was not damaged by the fire.

Fire officials say they hope to release more information once their report is complete. Rome Police are now investigating the fire.

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