SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Residents who lived in four historic homes in Saratoga Springs that were destroyed in a fire on Sunday, got a chance to salvage what they could from the debris on Monday.
It was a tough days for the occupants of the apartments on Woodlawn Avenue. Pat Bradley had not returned to her rental apartment since the smoke chased her and her family out early Sunday morning. On Monday, Bradley got her first glance.
She has been coming to Saratoga Springs during Track season for the past ten years; her husband Derek works at the Race Course and she stays home with their daughter.
"Everything I had here I bought from my kitchen, I lost all of it," she said. "[We got] a few pieces of my daughter's TV and her teddy bear, nothing of mine. I thought my suitcases would have dropped down, but none of them, I got my husband's laptop but I don't know if it will work."
The cause of the large fire is still under investigation, but firefighters say it started on the north side of one of the four historic homes and then spread. On Monday, they are meeting with city engineers to determine which homes can stay and which must go.
Officials say they are digging through the debris to see the bottom of the homes and try to determine what caused the fire.
Approximately 36 people were displaced by the fire, many of whom residents who work at the Saratoga Race Course. The Red Cross and NYRA is assisting the victims.
No one was injured in the fire.