Schenectady fire, Foster Avenue: Neighbor recounts pulling man from burning home Wednesday

Fire engulfs back of home with firefighters working

Crews at the Foster Avenue scene Wednesday

SCHENECTADY – A man working in the area of a fire Wednesday on Foster Avenue spotted the flames and ran in, saving one of the residents inside, the man recounted.

Carlos Hernandez, who lives on the street, recounted the moment Wednesday as fire crews worked to extinguish the structure fire.

“There was a guy inside and he didn’t speak English so I grabbed him,” Hernandez said.

Schenectady fire crew arrived at 12:30 p.m. to a fully involved structure fire that was coming from the back of 1528 Foster Ave., said Fire Chief Don Mareno.

No one else was in the building when fire crews arrived and no one was in 1534 Foster Ave. which also received minor fire damage, Mareno said.

Tiana Saylor, who lives at 1523 Foster Ave., said she saw the fire and began texting Morrison J’npierre who lives at 1534 Foster Ave., but was not home at the time of the fire.

It was the second fire in the city that crews responded to in around two hours.

Mareno said no firefighters were injured but they were tired after not having fully recovered from the first fire. He said Schenectady police were called in to help with crowd control.

Crews began cleaning up equipment from the scene a little after 2 p.m. Mareno said no cause to fire has been identified as it’s still under investigation.

Reporter Shenandoah Briere can be reached at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @ByBriere. 

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