Hoosick Falls community steps in after apartment fire displaces 30 residents

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. (NEWS10)— A fire tore through several apartment units early Saturday afternoon displacing around 30 elderly residents.

With the help of family members and the Red Cross, officials say everyone is safe and has a place to stay.

Mayor David Borge says the community is really stepping up to offer their help.

“We’ve talked to a number of people here in the village. People are willing to open up their homes, as well as the health centers letting us know that they can accommodate folks. So, everyone is really pulling together.”

According to Paul Aleksonis of the Hoosick Falls Fire Department, crews were able to put out the fire within 15 minutes.

After putting out the fire responders went back into the building to attempt to get necessary medication from the units, a main concern for the residents who have a variety of medical issues.

Because of the smoke damage, officials say it is not safe to go back into the building anymore. However, Mayor Borge says getting the residents their medications is a priority and they are working on it.

The Rensselaer County Cause and Origins Team is currently looking into the cause of the fire. Officials say the preliminary report shows the cause was likely electrical.

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