SCHENECTADY – Five people were displaced by a fire Sunday afternoon at 615 Bluff Ave. in the Mont Pleasant neighborhood.
In an interview Monday, Assistant Fire Chief Don Mareno said the back porch was on fire upon firefighters’ arrival just after 3 p.m., and people were inside when firefighters arrived.
Police officers were requested and helped evacuate the building because at least one resident did not want to leave.
The fire was reported at 3:06 p.m., and firefighters were at the scene within two minutes. The assistant chief credited firefighters for their quick work extinguishing the blaze in eight minutes.
There was smoke and water damage to the first- and second floor and attic, but the fire itself was contained to the back porch, Mareno said
Power to the home was shut off, and so the Northeastern New York Chapter of the American Red Cross was requested to assist the displaced individuals, Mareno said.
In a statement, the Red Cross said it provided financial assistance which can be used for shelter, food, and clothing to three adults in one family and two adults in another. Volunteers also offered health services and emotional support. One resident was eligible for veterans’ services.
The single-alarm fire remains under investigation by the Schenectady Fire Department.