- Associated Press - Monday, December 8, 2014

DOLGEVILLE, N.Y. (AP) - Investigators are looking for the cause of a fire that destroyed a historic 44-room Victorian mansion in a Mohawk Valley village.

Authorities tell local media that the fire started around 11:30 p.m. Saturday inside the 12,000-square-foot Dolge (dohlg) Mansion in Dolgeville, on the Fulton-Herkimer county line 60 miles west of Albany.

About 150 firefighters battled the blaze for hours but the fire wound up destroying the mansion, which was built in the 1890s by German immigrant-turned-industrialist Alfred Dolge.

Dolge opened a mill that produced felt for piano keys, helping spur growth in a tiny village that was eventually renamed after him.

The mansion included 22 bedrooms and five bathrooms.

The property’s owner wasn’t at home at the time of the fire.

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