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Investigators closer to knowing cause of fire at Valley View apartments

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COLONIE, N.Y. - Colonie Police say they are now focused on two possible causes of the fire at the Valley View apartments Saturday.

They say they are not leaning towards once particular cause, and an insurance adjustor will soon inspect the scene.

The Boght Fire Chief says crews responded to a four apartment blaze at the apartments, located on Vermont View Drive in Colonie.

Everyone in the apartments made it out safely. However, officials say multiple firefighters have been treated for heat exhaustion on the scene.

There were people inside the apartments when the fire started. Fire officials say it began on a front porch and quickly spread. One resident says he and his family are lucky to be alive after escaping the blaze.

"I just thank god that we were able to get out,"said Jahanzeb Baluch.

It was a long, terrifying day for Jahanzeb Baluch and his family, still in shock after fire ripped through their apartment. Thanks to neighbors Baluch says his family escaped the blaze.

"All we heard was someone yelling fire and knocking on the door so I just grabbed the kids and my wife and we just ran out," said Baluch.

Firefighters from more than five departments battled the flames. Baluch says his car was also damaged by the fire.

"I could feel the heat coming from the house and from the fire. The heat was so hot that it melted the side mirror and also melted the front headlight,"said Baluch.

According to Complex Manager, Joseph Galand eight apartments were damaged in the fire. The Red Cross is helping 14 people now without a home. Baluch says the organization provided gift cards, clothing and two nights in a hotel for his family.

"They have to renovate the roof and it's probably not safe to live in so we'll have to look around for another place," said Baluch.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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