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Two escape injury in apparent house explosion, fire in Delanson

Two escape injury in apparent house explosion, fire in Delanson

Two people inside a Delanson apartment building escaped injury this evening in an apparent heating-r
Two escape injury in apparent house explosion, fire in Delanson
A firefighter opens the back wall of a house that exploded into Main Street directly across from the Delanson fire hall on Thursday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber

Two people inside a Delanson apartment building escaped injury this evening in an apparent heating-related explosion and fire, officials said.

The incident happend at the two-story building at 1794 Main St, across from the Delanson Fire Department, at about 6 p.m.

The explosion blew out the south side of the first floor of the building, as well as part of the street side, exposing the rooms inside. The fire then followed shortly after and continued burning into the evening.

Two women were inside the building at the time, but were uninjured, Schenectady County chief fire investigator John Nuzback said. Officials were interviewing both at the fire house.

Small shards of glass could be seen littering the street and the sidewalk in front of the fire house. Main Street in the village remained closed into the evening and residents may be without water as the firefighting effort continued, village officials said.

Nuzback said investigators are looking at the heating of the home as a possible cause. There is a report that the building's owner was working on the furnace shortly before, he said.

"We have some information that we have to work on to see if in fact it was the furnace or something else," Nuzback said.

Firefighters from the surrounding area descended on the village to help fight the blaze, including one truck from Cobleskill.

Unsure of he stability of the building, firefighters worked to douse the blaze from the outside.

Once stability is confirmed, Nuzback expected the inside investigation to begin.

Nuzback said he believes the building is more than 100 years old and it may have once housed the village post office.

Reach Gazette reporter Steven Cook at 395-3122, [email protected] or @ByStevenCook on Twitter.

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