Schenectady County

Schenectady fire leaves four tenants homeless

A bedroom fire at 1230 1st Ave. left four tenants homeless Friday, Deputy Chief Raymond Senecal said
Schenectady firefighters battle a house fire on 1st Avenue in Mont Pleasant early Friday.
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Schenectady firefighters battle a house fire on 1st Avenue in Mont Pleasant early Friday.

A bedroom fire at 1230 1st Ave. left four tenants homeless Friday, Deputy Chief Raymond Senecal said.

Now firefighters are trying to figure out what started the blaze, which family members were able to contain to one floor of the two-family house.

“They’re investigating it,” Senecal said. “They’re questioning some people, to see whether it’s suspicious.” Firefighters are speaking with a witness, as well as family members, he said.

Two adults and two children, ages 10 and 5, were living in the rental house. Although the building was not destroyed, they will not be able to move back for some time, so the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York is providing emergency assistance.

“It can be repaired,” Senecal said.

Firefighters were called to the house at 11:50 p.m. Thursday. The fire badly damaged one floor, but did not spread to the rest of the building.

No injuries were reported.

The house is owned by Rajendra Lakharam, according to city tax records. Lakharam lives in Queens.

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