An amateur bladesmith trying to forge metal in an attempt to mimic a method he saw on the History Channel’s “Forged in Fire” sparked a massive blaze that destroyed more in 20 buildings in upstate New York, confirmed Mayor Shawn Morse.
Albany’s Times Union reported Friday John A. Gomes was charged with reckless endangerment and misdemeanor arson Thursday night around the same time the fire was still burning.
“It is the worst disaster the city has ever seen,” Morse told reporters at an evening news conference.
The blaze was brought under control about three hours after it began, but an hour later it started back up again. In the end, Morse said, three city blocks had been engulfed in smoke and flames.