Fire crews battle Ravena structure fire throughout Saturday night

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RAVENA, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Crews of firefighters received reports of a structure fire on Main Street in Ravena around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday. As of 11:30 p.m., they remained on the scene, and firefighters say it was a difficult fire to put out.

“We had a challenge to get the water at one point. The hydrant was pretty far down Main Street, but once we were able to establish a water supply it was easy from there.”

Kevin Phillips, Ravena Assistant Fire Chief

According to Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple, the fire broke out in the second-floor kitchen of the Main Street duplex. In addition to Ravena and Selkirk Fire Departments, several regional crews responded to the blaze, which produced heavy smoke.

Preliminary investigation found that at the time of the fire, a 12-year-old was at home alone and escaped the building by jumping out of a second-story bedroom window, injuring her leg. A dog in the home could not be rescued and died in the fire.

A portion of the road was blocked off at the intersection of Orchard Avenue and Main Street, as well as Main Street and South Clement Avenue, it has since been reopened.

The case is ongoing as the Albany County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Fire continues to investigate.

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