Schenectady County

Division Street attic fire leaves 9 people homeless

Electrical problems in the attic of a Division Street house sparked a fire early Wednesday morning t
A Schenectady firefighter advances a hose line in through a back door as flames from the attic of a home at 33 Division St. Wednesday.
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A Schenectady firefighter advances a hose line in through a back door as flames from the attic of a home at 33 Division St. Wednesday.

Electrical problems in the attic of a Division Street house sparked a fire early Wednesday morning that left nine people homeless, fire officials said.

No one was hurt.

The fire at 33 Division St. left the three-apartment house uninhabitable, said Schenectady Fire Department Deputy Chief Mike Gillespie.

“There was significant damage to the attic area. The roof is gone, and there is significant water damage to the house,” he said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation but is not considered suspicious, Deputy Chief Rod Rosate said.

“We are looking at electrical problems in the attic,” he said.

The fire was reported at about 12:15 a.m. and was brought under control around 1:30 a.m.

Gillespie said flames had already broken through the roof as firefighters arrived and heavy smoke was pouring from the house. Between six and 10 firefighters were inside the house when the roof began to collapse, he said. Gillespie said two crews were on the attic steps at the time, trying to gain access to the attic. Other firefighters were on the first and second floors conducting searches. All evacuated without incident.

Fire officials did not have the names of the occupants or the name of the building owner.

Officials from the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York said they are providing temporary shelter and food and clothing assistance to two families.

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