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Firefighters extinguish house fire, search for cause

Firefighters extinguish house fire, search for cause

Smoke plume was visible from other parts of the city
Firefighters extinguish house fire, search for cause
A fire on Close Street in Schenectady, Aug. 29, 2017.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber

SCHENECTADY — A Tuesday afternoon fire on Close Street damaged an apartment house and sent smoke billowing into the sky, but caused no injuries, fire officials said.

The fire happened at about 1:30 p.m. at 26-28 Close St. 

Firefighters arrived to see flames coming from the second floor and brought the blaze under control within about 20 minutes, according to Fire Chief Raymond Senecal.

Firefighters searched the building and found no one inside. They were working to determine if anyone lived there, Senecal said.

The cause remained under investigation.

Smoke from the fire could be seen from other parts of the city. 

Teresa Miller spotted it from just down Close Street and called authorities, she said.

"We just started seeing smoke, so I called 911, and by the time they got here, everything was in flames," she said.

The fire response shut Close Street in the city's Vale neighborhood, as well as a section of State Street for a time between Nott Terrace and Grove Place.

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