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Schenectady resident, firefighter injured in Saturday fire

Schenectady firefighters battle a 2-alarm fire at 783 Albany St. that broke out shortly after 8 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022.
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Schenectady firefighters battle a 2-alarm fire at 783 Albany St. that broke out shortly after 8 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022.

A woman was taken to Albany Medical Center Saturday morning following a fire at 783 Albany St.

Her injuries are unknown, said Asst. Chief Don Mareno. He said a city fire department captain was taken to Ellis Hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries. 

Firefighters responded to the scene at 8:23 a.m. for reports of a fire. Four people — two adults and two children — plus a dog that were in the building when the fire broke out were able to escape, Mareno said. 

He said the fire started in one of the second floor apartments. 

“It’s a multi-family dweliing,” Mareno said. 

It’s unclear how many apartments in total were in the buidling. 

“There was major fire damage within the apartment,” Mareno said. 

The rest of the second floor sustained smoke and water damage. 

Mareno said the fire was under control in about 30 minutes and out in about 45 minutes. 

The fire department called the Capital District Transportation Authority until the American Red Cross could arrive to immediately help those affected by the fire due to the extremely cold weather, Mareno said. 

Mareno said his vehicle showed that it was around 6 degrees below zero outside. 

“We had to get a salter up there,” Mareno said, explaining that as they hosed down the fire, the water would freeze. 

“We had to deal with extremely cold and icy conditions,” Mareno said. 

The fire is currently under investigation, he said. 

“We’re just getting started, so it’s going to be awhile,” Mareno said. 

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