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Wednesday fire on Elmer Avenue in Schenectady turns fatal; Three other fires also reported

Wednesday fire on Elmer Avenue in Schenectady turns fatal; Three other fires also reported

Wednesday fire on Elmer Avenue in Schenectady turns fatal; Three other fires also reported
Schenectady firefighters go to work at 203 Elmer Avenue after flames were discovered shortly before noon
Photographer: Peter Barber/Staff Photographer

SCHENECTADY -- One person was killed in a midday fire Wednesday on Elmer Avenue, fire officials said.

The fire was one of four blazes in the city Wednesday in the span of about eight hours, three in buildings and another in a vehicle. No other injuries were reported.

The fatal fire call came in just before noon at 203 Elmer Ave. A neighbor heard a noise and called 911, Assistant Fire Chief Don Mareno said.

Fire crews reported heavy fire when they arrived and went into the building and found the person, Mareno said.

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Flames could be seen coming out of the side of the building and thick smoke coming from the attic. Firefighters had the fire under control at about 12:30 p.m.

Mareno did not have further information on the person who died, but he said investigators were in the process of notifying next of kin Wednesday afternoon.

The house was occupied by others, but they got out safely, Mareno said. 

The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

"This is going to be a thorough investigation," Mareno said.

The Schenectady Arson Task Force asked that anyone with information contact them at 518-382-5141 Ext: 5815.

Images: Fire Wednesday on Elmer Avenue in Schenectady, two other morning fires

The Elmer Avenue fire followed two other fires in the city Wednesday morning and one later in the afternoon. 

The first fire was reported just after 7 a.m. at 226 S. Ferry St. Flames broke out there in the rear of the building and smoke could be seen coming from the second floor. Everyone inside got out safely.

The fire started in the rear of the building and firefighters encountered smoke and flames on arrival, Mareno said. They had the fire out within 30 minutes.

The second fire happened at an unoccupied house at 139 Division St. shortly after 11 a.m. Firefighters got that one out quickly and no one was hurt. That fire also remains under investigation, but is not considered suspicious, Mareno said.

Then, at 3:30 p.m., firefighters responded to what turned out to be a car fire at an auto stop at 3 Steuben St. The fire sent off heavy smoke and flames from the vehicle, but the building wasn't damaged, Mareno said.

Mareno commended firefighters for their work.

"These men and women are trained professionals. That's what they do," he said. "They come to work every day in the middle of a pandemic. They come to work every day, they train, they prepare, they study. They're ready to go."

"It's challenging at times, for sure," Mareno said. "But these people come to work every day, put their lives on the line every day."

 

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