HUDSON, N.Y. - Columbia County officals tell NEWS10 an early morning fire that broke out in the City of Hudson on Friday displaced 14 residents, 11 of them children.
Hudson Fire Chief Craig Haigh says the department received the call just before 4 a.m. that a fire broke out at 444 Carroll Street, while a family of seven upstairs and a family of seven downstairs were sleeping.
Five children in the upstairs unit, ages 2 to 10-years-old, along with two adults were able to get out safely. The family downstairs, which includes six children ages 5-months to 15-years-old along with their mother, Allegra Gregory, also escaped the flames.
The mother of six tells NEWS10 the fire has changed her life.
"We have nothing. I just moved here from Brooklyn a couple months ago, and now we have nothing," Gregory said. "Everything we were able to salvage is in my van. I have to start all over again."
The fire started at the side of the home, where Gregory believes a discarded mattress was purposely set on fire. Fire officials are still investigating, but have not ruled out arson.
"I'm done with Hudson. Yes, we had
to deal with shootings in Brooklyn, but never someone setting our house on
fire. Who does that?" asks Gregory.
The City of Hudson, Greenport and Catskill Fire Departments all responded to the scene with heavy flames coming from the front of the two-story home. Thankfully, everyone in the home escaped without injuries.
The two families are being assisted by the Department of Social Services and The Red Cross.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation at this time.