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Fire at Stockade Inn in Schenectady

Fire at Stockade Inn in Schenectady

The fire broke out early Thursday afternoon
Fire at Stockade Inn in Schenectady
Firefighters at the Stockade Inn Thursday afternoon
Photographer: Peter R. Barber/Gazette Photographer

SCHENECTADY - Firefighters responded to a fire early Thursday afternoon at the Stockade Inn in Schenectady.

Staff and guests were all evacuated without injury, the inn's general manager Robert Lizardo said.

One firefighter was treated for minor injuries, officials said.

Heavy smoke could be seen pouring out of an annex on the North Church Street side of the structure. 

Firefighters with chainsaws could be seen working on the roof of the building.

Firefighters appeared to limit smoke, heat and water damage to the two-story annex and no neighboring buildings were impacted, Assistant Fire Chief Don Mareno said. 

The fire originated in the kitchen there, Mareno said. The cause was under investigation.

The Stockade Inn operates as an 18-room boutique hotel and wedding venue in Schenectady's Stockade neighborhood. It also operates the restaurant Joseph's 23 at the Stockade Inn.

In all, eight rooms were occupied on Thursday, Lizardo said.

Stockade Inn owner Robert Gregor said he couldn't talk when reached on Thursday afternoon because he was still on-site surveying damage.

The inn sits at the corner of North Church and Union streets, on the same lot where Schenectady founder Arent Van Curler built his first home. The current main structure was built between 1810 and 1820 and has been a private residence, a bank, a school and a men's only club before its current use as a hotel and wedding venue.



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