One person and a dog are dead following a fire Friday morning on Webster Street in Schenectady.
Schenectady firefighters received a call at 4:45 a.m. that a single-family home at 1084 Webster Street was on fire, said Asst. Chief Donald Mareno.
He said he believed a neighbor had called in the fire and had tried to enter the building to get the person inside out, but the fire was too hot.
When firefighters arrived on scene about three minutes later, there was heavy fire at the rear of the building, Mareno said.
One person was located in the building and was dead when they pulled them out, he said. That person has not been identified and an autopsy is being conducted, Mareno said.
No one else was inside, except the dog.
Chilly temperatures did not impact firefighters, Mareno said. However, he said because the building had an addition put on at some point, the varying rooflines it made it a bit difficult for firefighters to reach certain hotspots. No firefighters or other people in the area were injured.
Mareno said the fire was out in about an hour.
“At this point, it’s not suspicious,” he said.
A cause has not been determined and the fire is still under investigation.
This fire marks the second in two days in Schenectady. On Thursday, the American Red Cross provided aid to five people who were displaced after a fire on Linden Street.
Reporter Shenandoah Briere can be reached at 518-478-3320 or by email at [email protected]
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