Recorder News staff
Seven people were displaced Friday following a structure fire at 246 Guy Park Ave in Amsterdam.
Fire Chief Michael Witty said the cause of the fire is still under investigation but that
"it's believed to have started in the back downstairs apartment," he said.
Whitty said a man upstairs noticed smoke and called the woman who lived in the back downstairs apartment because she was not home at the time. Whitty said she returned to the building and 911 was called. Officials arrived to the scene around 11:40 a.m.
Alexandra Padilla, who lives two houses down from residence, stood outside with many of the other people who live on Guy Park Avenue.
"I came outside and saw smoke," Padilla said. "I saw flames coming from the back of the house."
All of the residents made it out safely, but one woman injured her hand while breaking a window to try and save her dog. The dog was unable to make it out of the building, which had four apartments.
Amsterdam police said one man lived upstairs with two children, who were at school at the time of the blaze. The other upstairs apartment had one couple and the downstairs apartments each had one single resident.
Whitty said the fire was heavily involved in the back porch when they arrived at the scene. He also mentioned wind being a problem.
"Wind does spread it [fire] faster," Whitty said.
He said extinguishing fires is more difficult in the winter because you have to keep the water flowing so it doesn't freeze up.
Whitty expects the building will have to be demolished. Firefighters were seen breaking off pieces of the roof that collapsed around 3:15 p.m. Whitty said this was to ensure that nothing could fall off the building and injure someone.
The resident's who live in houses on either side of the residence were able to go back into their homes. Whitty said both buildings have been checked and experienced no damage.
The Red Cross and GAVAC were at the scene to assist.