Man trying to imitate TV show sparks massive NY inferno, mayor says

Man trying to imitate TV show sparks massive NY inferno, mayor says

An Upstate New York man sparked a massive fire in Cohoes while imitating a television show.

The city, located just north of Albany, N.Y., declared a state of emergency as at least 20 residents were displaced by the fire.

Restoration crews are working hard here at Smith's Restaurant after the fire that started three blocks away spread and damaged the downtown staple.

Cohoes' mayor, Shawn Morse, told the television station that although the fire may not have been intentional it has resulted in one of the biggest losses in the city's history.

Gomes was inspired to create a sword after watching the History channel series Forged in Fire, a show in which swordsmiths recreate historic weapons, CBS News reported.

Assistant police Chief Tom Ross called the fire unintentional, or "reckless arson".

A woman is in tears as firefighters from around the region work to knock down a multi-alarm fire consumes a number of building on Remsen Street Thursday Nov. 30, 2017 in Cohoes, NY.


First responders were able to contain the blaze within three hours or so, though it later it started up again an hour later.

The Times-Union reports 51-year-old John A. Gomes of Cohoes was charged with felony reckless endangerment and misdemeanor arson six hours after the blaze began Thursday - while buildings were still burning.

Gomes was arraigned in court late Thursday night and pleaded not guilty.

"We often tell people we don't allow open burns in the city and they often say, "What's the worst thing that could happen?"

Morse estimated the blaze caused millions of dollars of damage.

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