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Schenectady firefighters respond to Lower Broadway fire


SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – Firefighters responded to a fire at 1302 Lower Broadway on Wednesday.

The Schenectady fire chief says crews quickly put out the fire in the apartment building.The damage to the buidling was confined to one room on the second floor.

There were no serious injuries, but the manager of the building,  Alan Furnear, suffered smoke inhalation. He said about 26 to 30 tenants live in the building, saying its transient housing where residents rent out the rooms.

"I got it open and flames were shooting out of the walls. I grabbed the fire extinguisher trying to put it out," he said.

He said that didn't work, so he grabbed buckets of water, but couldn't handle the smoke.

"The smoke overwhelmed me, so I had to get out when the fire department came."

Residents are not allowed in the building at this time, but the fire department is making temporary arrangements.

"The deputy chief on duty called for a CTDA bus to put the rest of the people that live here into a warmer environment temporarily until we can let them back into the building. That might now be right away so we have to make other arrangements for them," said Schenectady Fire Chief Michael DellaRocco.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

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