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Watervliet firefighters honored for life saving fire response

Photo: Fenimore Trace Apartment fire (NEWS10 ABC) Photo: Fenimore Trace Apartment fire (NEWS10 ABC)

WATERVLIET, N.Y. -- Heroes who saved lives when an apartment complex went up in flames in Watervliet were honored on Thursday.

By the time crews got to the scene last month, the fire was rapidly engulfing building 12 at Fenimore Trace Apartments and spreading to building 11. 

It was moving so fast that people were hanging out of smoke-filled windows, ready to jump.

One man had to be told by firefighters not to drop his baby from a third floor window, as crews got a ladder to him. The Red Cross assisted 14 families that were affected by the fire with food and clothing.

The fire was never considered suspicious, but investigators were not able to determine a cause.

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