2 hospitalized following apartment fire that displaced 39

TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — An overnight fire in Troy displaced nearly 40 people and sent a mother and her daughter to the hospital.

The fire broke out around 11:30 p.m. Monday at 251 Congress St.

Troy Fire Chief Tom Garrett said it was a fast moving fire, and when crews arrived to the scene, flames were blowing out the front and side windows. The heaviest fire came from the third floor.

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“As soon as I opened my door and saw that’s where the fire was coming from, I made everybody not even go near there,” resident Shakirah Scott said.

Garrett said a 4-year-old girl and her 30-year-old lived in a corner apartment on the third floor. Both were taken from Albany Medical Center to the Westchester Burn Unit. They suffered second degree burns on their hands, arms and stomachs.

According to the Red Cross, 39 people are now without a home because of the fire, but they are thankful to be alive thanks to one brave neighbor.

“It’s a fire,” Scott said. “I don’t care if I don’t know you from a hole in the wall. It’s a fire. I’ll help out, especially if you’ve got a kid in there.”

Scott’s downstairs neighbors said she began banging on everyone’s door to warn them about the fire. Scott was too modest to admit it herself, but she played a big role in getting some of her neighbors out of the building, including the little girl and her mother.

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“I had to grab her,” Scott said. “She couldn’t move. She was barely breathing.”

The property owner returned to the building Tuesday night. He said he can’t say if or when people will be able to live in the building again.

“I hope so,” he said. “I don’t know what I’m gonna do.”

While Scott and her family lost everything, she said she’s thankful everyone is going to be okay.

“That’s material things,” she said. “We can get that back. As long as these kids is good, we all good.”

A CDTA bus was brought in to help everyone stay warm while they wanted for the Red Cross. The organization said it is helping 39 people that were displaced by the fire.

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