SCOTIA – Four occupants of home on Bruce Street escaped a Sunday morning fire, some with serious injuries, fire officials said.
One of the occupants was airlifted to Syracuse for treatment, while two others were taken to Albany Medical Center and one to Ellis for smoke inhalation and other injuries, Scotia Fire Chief Kenneth Almy said.
The four occupants got out just prior to the fire department’s arrival, Almy said. They were each taken for treatment. Almy did not have an update on their conditions or locations early Sunday afternoon.
Scotia firefighters were called to the home at 109 Bruce St. shortly after 6 a.m. The department received multiple calls for the fire.
Firefighters arrived to find fire coming from the rear of the structure and the sides. Flames could be seen later burning through the home’s third floor attic area, on the roof and out a window as firefighters worked to douse the blaze.
Images: Photos from Sunday’s scene
Firefighters tried entry into the building once, but were turned back and fighters fought the blaze from the outside.
The home’s roof collapsed and the building has since been deemed structurally unsound. It is expected to be torn down, Almy said.
The cause of the fire remained under investigation.
The fire is the second in Scotia in the past week. A Tuesday morning fire on N. Ten Broeck Street claimed the life of resident there.