ALBANY, N.Y. – All three homes that caught fire on 2nd Avenue in Albany early Monday morning have been torn down.
Albany fire officials say the call that a fire had started at 80 2nd Avenue came in at around 1:30 a.m. Monday. The fire then quickly spread to two neighboring buildings, located at 78 and 82 2nd Avenue.
The house where the fire began was vacant, but the owner tells the NEWS CENTER that he was in the middle of renovations on his home.
An 80-year-old woman named Tina according to neighbors was inside her home on 82 2nd Avenue when the fire started, but police were able to help her escape safely. The resident of 78 2nd Avenue was also able to evacuate safely and both will receive assistance from the Red Cross.
They were each allowed into their homes after the fire had been extinguished to gather whatever belongings had not been destroyed in the fire.
David Leafer, who Tina is staying with temporarily, was here to help collect mementos from her destroyed home. Among the rubble was an untouched photograph of Tina from when she was young ballerina.
"She's obviously distraught. Anytime you lose something that's been a part of your life for fifty years, it's a sad thing," said Leafer.
Tina's building was the last to be taken down after officials said the buildings presented safety concerns for nearby neighbors.
"They presented a life safety hazard and health risk, that's why we had to take them down," said Fire Investigator Alvin Lanier.
It is still unclear what caused the fire.
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