ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Crews are on scene of a major fire on Mount Hope Drive in the city of Albany. The fire is at the old Doane Stuart building.
The calls for a fully-involved structure fire came in around 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Flames ripped through the entire building and were shooting into the air. Smoke could also be seen for miles.
Despite the scale of the fire, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan said no surrounding buildings were in jeopardy. However, there was an issue getting water to the scene, and the Guilderland Fire Department helped assist.
Mayor Sheehan said all city firefighters were called to the three-alarm fire, but mutual aid was called in to help protect the city if any other emergencies take place.
Coeducational and interfaith, the Doane Stuart school was founded in 1975 when the St. Agnes School and Kenwood Academy, both of Albany, merged. A school spokesperson sent NEWS10 the following statement regarding the fire:
The faculty, staff, administration, and alumni at Doane Stuart are heartbroken to hear about the fire at our old campus. It was an absolutely beautiful building and property that held years of memories for so many of us. Doane Stuart was a tenant of the property from 1975 until June of 2009 when we moved to our current campus in Rensselaer. Our thoughts are with everyone who is grieving the loss of this special landmark in Doane Stuart’s history.
A cause for the fire remains under investigation. Traffic slowed significantly in the area, and police urged drivers to avoid the Southern Boulevard/Route 9W area.
Fire crews will remain at the scene overnight.