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Fire destroys home that was the target of hate speech

Oct 24, 2017 7:30 am

Amanda Purcell is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media state police are investigating a fire that destroyed the Taghkanic home that was the target of hate speech vandalism in June. Taghkanic firefighters and state police arrived at 410 Taghkanic Road around 12:30 p.m., Mon., Oct. 23, to find the house engulfed in flames. In June, the building, under construction at the time, was vandalized. Graffiti, spray-painted in red on all four sides of the structure, read "No Blacks," "Die," as well as other more offensive phrases. Homeowner Fred Iorfida said at the time he believed the house was targeted because his girlfriend is black. A $5,000 reward is still being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the vandalism case. Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call the New York State Police at (845) 677-7300. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.