SCHENECTADY — An early Friday morning fire tore through a vacant building in Schenectady, rendering it a total loss.
No injuries were reported. A homeless man believed to have been in the building escaped uninjured, officials said.
The fire was called in at 12:43 a.m. at 7 Eagle St. Firefighters responded and found heavy flames in the rear of the building, Assistant Fire Chief Don Mareno said.
Firefighters attempted to enter the building, but were beaten back by the flames, Mareno said.
“They were pushed out of the building because the fire was so intense,” he said. “They were into a defensive mode”
Firefighters got the blaze under control in about an hour, Mareno said.
Flames singed a neighboring home, but heat damage was minor, he said.
The cause remained under investigation Friday. As part of the investigation, police later located the homeless man after a brief search, Mareno said.
Crews were on site Friday morning to demolish the structure as the fire left it in danger of collapsing.
City firefighters received mutual aid from the Niskayuna Fire Department and support from Unified Communication Center.