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Schenectady fire displaces residents

Schenectady fire displaces residents

Firefighters evacuate building
Schenectady fire displaces residents
Firefighters on the scene of a basement fire on Albany Street in Schenectady, April 10, 2018.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber

SCHENECTADY — A Tuesday night fire sent residents of an Albany Street apartment building fleeing, but no injuries were reported, fire officials said.

The fire happened shortly after 7:30 p.m. at 864 Albany St. Smoke in the building led firefighters to help some residents out, Assistant Fire Chief Michael Gillespie said.

Residents waited beyond yellow caution tape, one man holding a cat. The Red Cross arrived to help multiple residents with accommodations for the night.

One of the residents who needed help was Jennifer Geib. She said she has trouble seeing and the smoke caused her trouble with the stairs. But she got out OK.

"Now I am," she said, "but that scared the [expletive] out of me."

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Firefighters on the scene of a basement fire on Albany Street in Schenectady, April 10, 2018. (Peter R. Barber)

Firefighters traced the fire to the basement, Gillespie said. The fire got into the second floor of the rear building and sent smoke up into both the front and rear buildings at that address. The buildings are connected by an exterior enclosed stairway. The fire took about 25 minutes to bring under control.

Damage was largely confined to the basement area, authorities said. The building appeared to remain structurally sound, Gillespie said.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation. 

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