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Albany Firefighters Safely Evacuate Residents from Apartment Building Fire

By JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER, Senior Correspondent | April 05, 2021 | NEW YORK

Story No. 040821102

ALBANY, NY - On April 5th at 9:38 P.M., the City of Albany's Fire Department was dispatched for a reported structure fire at 574 Central Avenue. The caller reported smoke coming from the front of the building.

The battalion chief arrived on scene and had fire showing from the front of the building and declared the Signal 30 for a working structure fire. The battalion chief noticed the building had not yet been evacuated and quickly sprung into action.

Truck 3 and Engine 7 arrived on scene within minutes and quickly went to work. Truck 3 immediately set up to go to the roof on the 'Delta' side of the structure while Truck 2 set up in the front of the building. Firefighters from the rescue squad arrived on scene and assisted with evacuating the building.

Firefighters from Engine 7 quickly knocked down the fire in the front of the building. Firefighters inside of the structure made sure everyone was out safely and began to check for extension inside the walls of the apartment on the second floor. Crews quickly cleared all of the floors and only had fire on the exterior portion of the second floor of the building. The fire was brought under control in less than 15 minutes.

Fire investigators arrived on scene and began to conduct an investigation into what caused the fire. No firefighters were injured on scene and all of the residents made it out safely. Crews remained on scene for about 45 minutes before going back in service.

Due to the swift response from the Albany Fire Department, firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading and causing substantial damage to the building. The fire is under investigation at this time.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.