One Friday evening fire destroyed three two-family homes on Dove Street in Albany, while another damaged two homes in Mechanicville.
The Albany fire started just before 4 p.m. at 159 Dove St. and spread to the adjacent structure at 161 Dove St. It took about 40 firefighters two hours to get the blaze under control, according to Battalion Chief William Moore.
Officials said the buildings were being demolished late Friday night. Residents of the homes are being assisted by the Northeastern New York chapter of the American Red Cross.
The cause remains under investigation, but CBS6 Albany, the Gazette's news-gathering partner, is reporting that a man at the scene said he and his landlord may have inadvertently touched off the blaze while trying to thaw frozen pipes.
In Mechanicville, meanwhile, two buildings were heavily damaged by a three-alarm fire on South Third Street.
The fire started just after 5 p.m. in a two-story house at 249 S. Third St. and spread to the adjacent structure. No injuries were reported in the blaze, which took about two hours to bring under control.
The cause of that fire is also under investigation.