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Police say they believe a barn that allegedly housed a pit bull breeding operation was set on fire Saturday morning. Our Maria Valvanis has the story.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, N.Y. -- “You could see the flames in between the trees. They were so bright, you just watched them grow and grow,” said neighbor, Rayna Oeser.

Neighbors recall the frightening fire that woke them around 5 a.m. Saturday. They looked on as flames tore down the barn that once stood here.

“You could see the gray going right down the valley. It was like a fog it was so thick,” said Oeser.

Police say this is the third time crews have been called here for a fire within a month. Each incident is under investigation and being labeled as suspicious.

Lt. Robert Poisson of the New York State Police said, “Two unsuccessful arson attempts and finally a successful arson attempt.”

But those weren’t the only incidents that brought police to the desolate barn. Late last month, police raided the barn, seizing more than 50 dogs they say were living in deplorable conditions.

“We’re not going to speculate on a motive at this time, however ,numerous leads are being followed up by the New York State Police in Fonda, they,re treating this case very seriously,” said Lt. Poisson.

Actions neighbors are happy to hear, with all the incidents happening a little too close for comfort.

“We worry about our place, because maybe they mistake it because we’re in between, so we worry people are going to mistake us for them,” said Oeser.

The owners of the dogs were arrested and charged with animal cruelty. Anyone with information on the fire is asked to contact the State Police at (518) 853-3742.

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