Menands apartment fire leaves six people without a home

MENANDS, N.Y. (NEWS10) — “I was hoping they would hurry up and put the fire out because the fire was getting worse”, said neighbor Adam Graham.

Six people are without a home after a big fire tore through the attic of their apartment building and now those people are seen bringing their belongings out.

Someone who was working on the home again Sunday morning saw smoke again. Firefighters came back, checked both floors and found nothing dangerous.

They were seen pumping water into the basement to make sure nothing was on fire down there.

But around 10:45 P.M. Saturday night, the fire was so large it took multiple crews from different agencies to put it out.

“It was like from the back of the house it was like going up in flames really hard and then the higher up was going up in flames”, said Graham.

Firefighters did all they could to keep up with the heavy flames and smoke bursting out of the building but they ran into some trouble with a fire hydrant. To fix this issue, water and electricity had to be shut down temporarily to nearby apartment buildings.

“Luckily we were able to get another hydrant down at Clifford and another hydrant down in the Menands Road and once we got a water source secured, it seemed to go much smoother”, said Menands First Assistant Fire Chief David Ognan.

Firefighters didn’t leave until 3 A.M. and said they’re just glad no one was inside when the fire happened.

“It’s a good night for us when no one gets hurt”, said Ognan.

Luckily, no one was injured in this fire but they said this building is a complete loss and they are still investigating a cause.

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