Fire destroys vacant house in New Berlin

NEW BERLIN – A fire that destroyed a long-vacant New Berlin home Sunday afternoon is still under investigation, authorities say.

Neighbors argue the boarded up two-story house at 24 Academy St., unoccupied for five years after being gutted by a previous fire, should have been torn down long ago.

New Berlin Volunteer Fire Department Chief George Hanslmaier said neighbors called in the blaze at 1:11 p.m.

“Upon arriving it was a fully-involved house fire,” said Hanslmaier, whose crew was on the scene for more than five hour, along with state police and volunteers from Pittsfield, Sherburne and South New Berlin.

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