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Early-morning fire hits Albany Street apartment building

Early-morning fire hits Albany Street apartment building

A 48-unit apartment building on Albany Street was hit by fire early this morning, forcing residents
Early-morning fire hits Albany Street apartment building
Firefighters battle a 2-alarm fire at 799 Albany St. that sent occupants into the cold and snow this a.m.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber

A 48-unit apartment building on Albany Street was hit by fire early Saturday morning, forcing residents out into the cold morning.

The building, at 799 Albany St., suffered some water damage as firefighters extinguished the flames, but the fire itself was contained to one apartment, according to Schenectady Building Inspector Eric Shilling.

“It was a small, contained fire,” he said. “There is no danger of the building being structurally condemned at this point.”

There were no injuries in the fire, he said. He did not say in which apartment the fire started or what the cause may have been.

The fire was reported around 1 a.m., according to Schenectady Police Lt. Mark McCracken.

Utilities have been turned off, and Shilling said the electrical systems will have to be inspected before residents are allowed to return.

“There was a fair amount of water that was put into the building to extinguish the fire, so that compromises the electrical systems,” he said.

The American Red Cross of Northeastern New York has opened a temporary warming shelter at Christ Church, 970 State St., for residents displaced by the fire.

Red Cross shelter supervisor Charlie Diorio said there were 19 adults in the shelter at Christ Church around 11 a.m., and they were expected to remain there until Monday.

He did not know exactly how many others had been displaced by the fire.

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