Investigation into fatal Saturday Amsterdam fire continues; House slated for demolition

A firefighter at the scene Sunday

A firefighter at the scene Sunday

The investigation into a fatal fire continued Sunday as the city prepared to demolish the structure.

State and local fire investigators continued work at the scene on Division Street in an effort to find the cause of the blaze.

Investigators also indicated they’d identified the victim of the Saturday blaze and notified next of kin, but city police Sgt. Joseph Spencer declined to release the person’s name. The person was a resident of the second floor at 363 Division St., at the corner of Division and Genevieve streets, he said.

Two others got out of the building safely, police said. A neighbor spotted the fire and ran over to assist a man with exiting via the front door, and then a woman, police said. The neighbor also got the woman a jacket for the cold weather, Spencer said.

On Sunday afternoon, the roof of the two-story building lay collapsed into the structure, with some icicles from the firefighting effort hanging off the roofline and from the window openings.

The fire damage left the building unstable and a safety hazard, Spencer said. As a result, the city was making plans to demolish it by the end of the day, he said.

The fire happened at about 3 p.m. Saturday at 363 Division St., police said.

Police and firefighters responded to the area of Guy Park Avenue and Genevieve Street for a report of a structure fire and heavy smoke, police said.

Arriving officers soon determined the smoke to be coming from 363 Division St. Police saw the second floor of the two-story home fully involved with visible flames escaping from the windows and rooftop.

Temperatures in the single digits and wind proved a factor in fighting the fire, Fire Chief Tony Agresta said Sunday. There were no issues with hydrants.

The investigation into the fire is ongoing with the state Office of Fire Prevention and Control, authorities said.

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