ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10)–With the cause of Monday’s fire on 234 Delaware Ave. still unknown, crews demolished the home Tuesday morning after it was deemed unstable.
Albany Fire Department crews responded to the fire just after 11 p.m. Monday. Upon arrival, Chief William Moore says the 11 people and one cat that lived in the home were evacuated.
Officials say three first responders sustained injuries during the fire. “Two of them were orthopedic in nature and one of them had an eye injury. All three of them are being treated at Albany Medical Center and one has already been released,” said Moore.
Because of the damage to the building, Moore says code enforcement and fire investigators deemed the building unstable and decided it needed to come down. Demolition ended around 8:30 a.m. Monday morning.
“It’s a danger just to leave it here. It would be a hazard to the public,” Moore said.
Two tenants inside at the time of the fire say it started in a room two children shared on the first floor.
Officials say the cause of Monday’s fire is still unknown but investigators are working to figure out what happened.