ALBANY, N.Y. – An early morning fire in Albany has claimed one life according to fire officials.
At 5:11 a.m. Sunday, the Albany Fire Department received a call for a fire at 12 Arcadia Ave. in Albany.
"It was a big ball of fire. Just big orange red glow of fire," said neighbor Bill Albert.
As soon as Albert saw the enormous flames he sprung into action.
"I looked out the window and I saw the fire, grabbed the phone and called 911," said Albert.
Four minutes later, fire-fighters arrived on the scene and began battling the flames.
The fire was heavy throughout both the front and rear of the home. While extinguishing the fire, a body was discovered on the second floor, according to Chief Forezzi.
Heather Eckert woke up to banging on her door and rushed immediately outside with her baby and husband.
"The flames died down maybe after 45 minutes or so. It seems like they did it pretty quick," said Eckert.
The fire department was able to keep the flames from spreading to any other homes.
"I thought both houses on either side were going to go up. It was a pretty intense fire," said Albert.
Sadly the intense fire did claim a life. While putting out the fire a person was found deceased on the 2nd floor.
"It's heartbreaking. There's no really other words to describe it," said Eckert.
The tragic scene brought back a former resident of the house Sunday, as John Nixon looked at the badly burned home he grew up in and realized that a life was lost he was overwhelmed.
"In a house that you lived in all your life. Now its gone," said John Nixon of Schodack.
The gender of the body has not yet been determined. The deceased person had been burned considerably by the time of their discovery.
The body is currently with a coroner, and results from a scheduled autopsy should be available Monday.
The residence at 12 Arcadia Avenue housed three individuals. Whether or not the victim of the fire was in fact one of those residents has not been determined.
An extensive investigation is ongoing by multiple area agencies.
There were three individuals residing at the home according to officials. NEWS10 spoke with Desmond Biechman who says he was one of the three residents at the home but had recently moved out as the lease was ending this month. Biechman says only one of his other roommates were in the home at the time of the fire and says that roommate is the deceased. Although police have yet to confirm that or the victims identity.
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