Friday, November 27, 2015
Amsterdam, NY ,


Photo courtesy of Alpin Haus President Andy Heck These recreational vehicles were destroyed in a May 1 fire at Alpin Haus' Route 5S location in the town of Florida. Authorities have deemed the fire suspicious, and Alpin Haus is offering a $1,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest.


Alpin Haus fire called 'suspicious'

Friday, May 10, 2013 - Updated: 3:29 PM


Recorder News Staff

TOWN OF FLORIDA -- Alpin Haus is offering a $1,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest in connection with the May 1 RV fire at the company's Route 5S location.

Montgomery County Undersheriff Jeffery T. Smith on Thursday confirmed the fire is considered "suspicious."

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the sheriff's office by calling 853-5500.

"We were told, verbally, there were no definite natural causes for the fire," Smith said, adding the department is waiting to receive the official documented report from state fire investigators.

When asked if there are any suspects or persons of interest, Smith said the department is following up on leads.

Alpin Haus President Andy Heck said Thursday the company is offering up the reward and distributing photos of the blaze to see if they spark conversation.

"Anything we can do to stir it up to help the sheriffs with their investigation," Heck said. "It's a small community, so someone might say the wrong thing to the wrong person."

At roughly 1:30 a.m. May 1, Fort Hunter Fire Department was dispatched to the scene for a report of a camper fire. Upon arrival, firefighters found an RV engulfed in flames.

It reportedly took 3.5 hours for firefighters from seven agencies to clear the scene. The blaze, worsened by the RVs exploding propane tanks, eventually destroyed the RV and a nearby camper and trailer, and two RVs and two campers were damaged by smoke and water, said Fort Hunter Fire Chief Tim Haegi.

Montgomery County Emergency Management Director Adam Schwabrow said fire investigators narrowed the area of origin to the center of an RV.

Sheriff's Investigator Roberto Gracia said the RV was a 2004 model that had an estimated value of $150,000. He said it was privately-owned, and had been left at the dealership for service that was completed in February.

The Route 5S facility was constructed in 2002, and opened in 2003. Heck said there are roughly 300 RVs in the yard.

According to the company's website, Alpin Haus is one of America's largest RV dealers, named top five RV dealer by RV Business Magazine.


Comments made about this article - 0 Total

Comment on this article

Subscribe to The Recorder


The Recorder Sports Schedule


The Recorder Newscast

Most Popular

    Amsterdam’s dream season comes to an end in 47-27 defeat
    Saturday, November 21, 2015

    6 corrections officers disciplined
    Monday, November 23, 2015

    Amsterdam brushes aside 0-3 start to make 2015 a special season
    Tuesday, November 24, 2015

    Two corrections officers arrested after internal investigation
    Tuesday, November 24, 2015

    First responders honored for service, leadership
    Saturday, November 21, 2015

    Food pantries ready to serve for holiday
    Saturday, November 21, 2015

    County sheriff, jail faces another lawsuit
    Tuesday, November 24, 2015

    Mother suing Fort Plain Central School District
    Monday, November 23, 2015

    Loren F. Prime
    Tuesday, November 24, 2015

    County reviews town of Florida's zoning regulations for solar farms
    Saturday, November 21, 2015


Copyright © McClary Media, Inc.

Privacy Policies: The Recorder

Contact Us