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Downtown Schenectady chimney collapses into alley

Downtown Schenectady chimney collapses into alley

No injuries were reported
Downtown Schenectady chimney collapses into alley
The pile of bricks after the chimney collapse
Photographer: Steven Cook

SCHENECTADY -- A multi-story, brick chimney collapsed into an alley off State Street in Schenectady Tuesday morning, fire officials said.

No one was hurt in the incident, Deputy Fire Chief David Orr said.

The chimney was attached to 604 State St. and extended from the ground to above the roof line. It crashed to the alleyway shortly after 10:30 a.m., Orr said.

The alley runs between the building and St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church.

A tenant heard the collapse, thought it was an explosion and alerted authorities, Orr said.

The building remains structurally sound, firefighters determined. Firefighters did get up on a ladder to remove loose bricks that remained on the building.

There may be some water leak issues at the roof line, Orr said. The building owner will also need to get the building's furnace properly vented again. The city codes department was determining what had to be done and its impacts on tenants, Orr said. Other city officials could not be reached for comment.

About two dozen people live in the building.

A view from Google Streetview of the alley as it looked in August:

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