SCHENECTADY -- The Albany Street building that was heavily damaged by a two-alarm fire on Tuesday was taken down during an emergency demolition Thursday morning, according to Schenectady Assistant Fire Chief Michael Gillespie.
Gillespie said the structural integrity of the building, located at 1134 Albany St., was unsafe, and pieces of the roof were falling to the ground. That’s why city determined the building needed to be razed in an emergency demolition.
“The first and second floor were structurally compromised because of the fire damage,” Gillespie said. “It was an unsafe building that posed an immediate hazard to the public.”
The demolition contract was awarded to DiTonno & Sons.
The fire broke out just after 10 p.m. on Tuesday.
Three firefighters had to be taken to nearby hospitals for heat exhaustion during the effort to extinguish the fire. All three had been released from those hospitals Wednesday morning; their names were not released.
There were no other reported injuries.
Gillespie said investigators do not believe the cause of the fire was suspicious.