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Man seriously injured in early Sunday Schenectady fire

Man seriously injured in early Sunday Schenectady fire

Firefighters pulled the man from the building as officers helped others out
Man seriously injured in early Sunday Schenectady fire
Smoke envelops the apartment building at Van Vranken Avenue after a fire
Photographer: Peter R. Barber/Gazette Photographer

SCHENECTADY - A city man suffered serious injuries in a fire Sunday morning on Van Vranken Avenue, fire officials said.

A firefighter also suffered minor injuries in the early morning blaze that saw firefighters rescue the injured man and police officers help other tenants from the building.

Firefighters were called to the apartment building at 2105 Van Vranken Ave. at about 3:50 a.m. They arrived to find fire in one apartment and the tenant inside.

Firefighters pulled the tenant out. He was taken to Ellis Hospital in serious condition, Deputy Fire Chief Gary Coppola said.

The firefighter injured suffered a burn, Coppola said. He was treated and released from the hospital.

City officers arrived at the scene and could be seen helping some tenants out. City officer Alberto Beltran could be seen carrying a young girl from the building as one woman carried a baby.

The fire is believed to have started in that apartment's kitchen, Coppola said. The cause remained under investigation. Firefighters confined the fire damage to the original apartment, but the fire sent smoke throughout the building.

The building at the intersection of Salina Street had a total of seven apartments, five occupied, Coppola said. 

Volunteers from the Northeastern New York Chapter of the American Red Cross provided immediate emergency assistance to two families that lived in the building. 

 

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