Saturday, January 10, 2009

Fire on 1st Street

From the Times-Union: Update: Rensselaer fire forces 10 from home

RENSSELAER - Two families - a family of four and another family of six - were forced from a two-family home at 1354 1st Street late Thursday night.

Assistant Fire Chief Stephen Mann said the department was called shortly before 11 p.m. and, on arrival, firefighters saw flames at the back of the first floor rising to the second floor.

SATURDAY UPDATE: Ten being housed by Red Cross after fire

About 30 firefighters, from fire departments, including East Greenbush, Rensselaer and Clinton Heights, braved below-freezing temperatures and icy conditions to extinguish the blaze. Some of those who helped put out the blaze said they were sliding around on the ice-covered ground and the water being used to douse the fire froze up a couple times due to the air temperature.

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