TROY - A man who owned and live at 813 1st Avenue was injured trying to escape his burning two-story home when a fire started around 2:40 a.m. Saturday.
The heat from the inferno so intense, the siding melted right off the front of the house. Firefighters trying to douse the blaze with water from the outside but it was tough. Flames could be seen in the ceiling as the walls and roof of the two story home collapsed.
Frank Flannery who lives next door said he was alerted to it by a neighbor and called for help.
"I went outside and there was fire coming from the windows and I called 911," Flannery said.
Flannery said firefighters were on scene in a matter of minutes. Despite that quick response though, Fire Chief Tom Garrett said it was a challenge.
"The roof was caved in and that was all happening upon arrival so this fire had a real good head start on us," Garrett said.
This fire is the latest in a series of blazes in Troy. Many of which are thought to be suspicious. Between July 13th and August 5th, Garrett said his men fought nine fires in the city. Most starting between 1 and 5 in the morning, in the rear of the buildings. While this blaze on 1st Avenue fits that description, Garrett tells News 10 its unclear if its connected. No arrests have been made.
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.