ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Deputy Fire Chief Joseph Toomey provided an update on Wednesday’s Park Avenue fire.
Firefighters are still looking into what caused the massive fire on Park Avenue in Albany. The flames tore through three buildings and left 19 adults and seven children without a home.
It was initially reported that the fire started in the back of what used to be 233 Park Ave., but the deputy chief clarified at a press conference on Thursday that it started at 229 Park Ave. and quickly spread west.
Firefighters said the flames quickly intensified, and though everyone made it out safely, three buildings were destroyed.
All three buildings were demolished, and everything the residents owned was left sitting in a pile of rubble.
Mayor Kathy Sheehan said the fires were especially difficult for the families because the holidays are soon. She said the Red Cross is doing everything it can to help the victims. SEFCU also created a Park Avenue Fire Victim Fund and has agreed to match the first $5,000 raised.
“I’ve spoken to many of the families who live on Park Avenue,” Sheehan said. “They are so grateful for the outpouring of support they have received, but the shock is just setting in. We know they have a long road ahead of them. Anytime we see families displaced like this, it’s a challenge.”
The Park Avenue fires was the third fire within the last month, but the deputy chief said it’s an unfortunate coincidence. He said the previous two fires were accidental, and the Park Avenue fire remains under investigation.