SCHENECTADY — Firefighters spent Wednesday evening battling a two-alarm fire at a two-family home on Eleanor Street, according to city Deputy Fire Chief David Orr.
Orr said the fire caused “a fair amount of damage” to the rear of 349 Eleanor St., destroying the back porch and igniting a car parked in a nearby driveway. Orr said the car was expected to be declared a total loss.
The fire is believed to have started on the back porch, causing damage to the first and second floors, as well as the attic. He said there was damage to the kitchens on both floors.
“We were able to pretty much hold it to the back of the building,” Orr said. “It didn’t extend too much towards the front.”
The fire was called in around 9:57 p.m., and firefighters arrived within four minutes, Orr said. Both the Village of Scotia and Town of Niskayuna fire departments were placed on standby, but Orr said they ended up not needing assistance.
Orr said the cause was still under investigation, but he did say investigators the fire was accidental.
Heat from the fire did cause the siding of two adjacent buildings to melt a bit, but Orr said firefighters were able to prevent further damage. It wasn’t clear how many people lived in the building.
The Red Cross was assisting the families in finding housing, he said.
A firefighter did suffer some smoke inhalation and was taken to Ellis hospital where he was evaluated and released, Orr said. There were no other injuries reported.
Otherwise, Orr said the firefighters did well in knocking down the fire.
“I would say, for what it was, it went fairly smooth,” Orr said.