Fire crews investigating 14th structure fire in one week


It’s been a long week for the Albany Fire Department after some serious blazes, several buildings have been completely destroyed and must be demolished as a result.

Mayor Kathy Sheehan stood by with city crews as the demolition process began on the 14th burned building in the city this week.

“I can’t recall at least in the last five years, a run like this of fires,” said Mayor Sheehan.

The mayor has seen the city through a chaotic week after two fires on Sheridan Avenue and Quail Street burned 12 buildings and left dozens of people without homes on Sunday morning.  On Monday, a home on Colonial Avenue was a complete loss after another fire.

“We have no reason to believe that any of these are connected at all. We have no indication of that. Clearly they’re all still under investigation, but just the timing and the various locations is not something that has led us to believe they’re connected in any way,” said Mayor Sheehan.

The home’s residents were not inside the building and no one was seriously injured during Thursday night’s fire.  But one elderly woman was taken to the hospital as a result of smoke inhalation.

The Red Cross is now assisting them with hotel arrangements.

The mayor said that especially after a week like this, it’s worth remembering the importance of renters insurance.

“It’s really, really inexpensive when you think about what you could lose in a fire that devastates an entire building. I know that a lot of the landlords in the city of Albany encourage their renters to do it, but there’s probably more education we could be doing on our part as well,” said Mayor Sheehan.

The 3rd Avenue building sustained some damage.  The fire began at around 10 p.m. on Thursday, between Hawk Street and Sloan Street.

The Albany Fire Department said there was quite a blaze coming from the first floor.

“Upon arrival we had heavy fire coming from the first floor windows and the fire extended through the back of the structure,” said Battalion Chief Daniel Coleman.

A cause has yet to be determined, but is under investigation.

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