Cause of Sunday Schenectady fire remains under investigation; Woman injured, airlifted to Westchester

Schenectady firefighters rescued a woman from her Lincoln Heights apartment after heavy smoke was reported shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday
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Schenectady firefighters rescued a woman from her Lincoln Heights apartment after heavy smoke was reported shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday

SCHENECTADY – The investigation into a Sunday night fire that severely injured a woman continued Tuesday, but the cause does not seem to be suspicious, Assistant Fire Chief Don Mareno said.

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The woman, the resident of the Lincoln Heights apartment, was pulled from the apartment by firefighters and later flown to Westchester Medical Center, Mareno said. An update on her condition Tuesday was unavailable.

The fire was called in just after 9 p.m. by a neighbor who heard the alarm going off, Mareno said.

The neighbor went into the woman’s apartment to try and alert her. She found the resident, but the resident couldn’t get out and the neighbor couldn’t do anything more there.

Firefighters swiftly arrived, however, and the neighbor’s instructions proved invaluable in sending firefighters directly to the resident’s location in the apartment, Mareno said.

The firefighters then found her, got her out and on to the hospital, Mareno said.

No one else was hurt.

Regarding the fire itself, firefighters were then able to confine the fire to its second-floor room of origin, Mareno said. Smoke damaged extended to other parts of the second floor and the first floor sustained water damage.

Damage did not extend to neighboring apartments, Mareno said.

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