GUILDERLAND, N.Y. – Fire officials say the cause of the Guilderland apartment fire over the weekend was due to improper disposal of hot charcoals.
On Sunday morning, the Westmere Fire Department responded to a fire at the Regency Park Apartments before 3:30 a.m. Upon arrival, the fire was fully involved at the rear of a three-story apartment building.
Fire officials say the fire was under controlled within 45 minutes.
An investigation determined that the fire was accident and started on the back porch of a third-floor apartment. The fire began due to the improper disposal of hot charcoals.
Six apartments were affected by the fire. There were no injuries, however, a pet cat did not survive the fire.
Westmere Fire Chief Henry Smith reminds everyone that cooking grills should only be used outdoors, away from a building. The charcoals should be left to cool completely before they are thrown away in a metal container.
Westmere was assisted by volunteers from the Fort Hunter, Guilderland, Guilderland Center, McKownville, and North Bethlehem Fire Departments.