COHOES, N.Y. -- Police say a woman in her 30s rescued from a house fire is lucky to be alive, telling the NEWS CENTER it was a race against time as she tried to escape, her only way out of the second floor apartment blocked by flames.
"It had to be burning for a while," said Joseph Fahd Cohoes Fire Chief
When Cohoes Firefighters arrived to this home at 92 Manor Ave. around 1:30 Saturday afternoon, flames were spreading quickly.
"The rear of the building was fully involved when I got here,' said Fahd.
When crews arrived they were alerted by neighbors to a woman dangling from the roof as she tried to escape the blaze. Fahd said the woman broke through a window on the second floor and jumped onto the small roof, firefighters using a ladder to rescue her. He said the woman was burned and was taken to a local hospital. Crews had a difficult time getting the fire under control.
"Limited access to the second floor on one side of the building. Crews having a heck of a time getting in there," said Fahd.
The cause and origin of the fire are still under investigation, but Fahd believes it may have started outside the house.
"I think it started on the back porch somewhere, but again it was going so good when I got here it had to be burning for a while," said Fahd.
A man living downstairs was able to escape the home uninjured.