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Early morning fire destroys Scotia home

Early morning fire destroys Scotia home

Fire broke out in a single-family home in Scotia early Tuesday morning, leaving one man homeless.
Early morning fire destroys Scotia home
Scotia firefighters battle a 2-alarm blaze in a home in the 300 block of Mohawk Ave after flames broke out shortly before 6 a.m. Tuesday. Firefighters from Beukendaal, Stratton Air National Guard and Thomas Corners assisted at the scene.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber

Fire broke out in a single-family home in Scotia early Tuesday morning, leaving one man homeless.

Fire crews were called to 317 Mohawk Ave. at approximately 5:50 a.m. When they arrived, the fire was burning heavily and already coming out of the first- and second-floor windows, according to Scotia Fire Chief Charles Keller.

Approximately 50 firefighters responded to the blaze, including members of the Scotia, Beukendaal and Schenectady fire departments and the Air National Guard.

Madelyn Lane, of 315 Mohawk Ave., said she woke up around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, when the house next door was already burning.

“My windows were lit up like a Christmas tree,” she said.

She said William Maul, who lived at 317 Mohawk Ave., tried unsuccessfully to put out the fire with his garden hose.

The fire took about an hour for firefighters to extinguish, Keller said. The job was complicated by the home’s slate roof, which made the fire harder to douse, he noted.

The home, which records indicate was built around 1900, was a complete loss, authorities said.

No one was injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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