Overnight fire in Watervliet damages homes; Red Cross assisting families

WATERVLIET, N.Y (NEWS10) — Investigators are looking into what started an overnight fire in Watervliet that destroyed a well-known beauty salon.

Flames broke out around 11:30 p.m. Monday night at 350 3rd Ave. in Watervliet.

On the first floor is Frank’oos Beauty salon and the second floor is an apartment.

Firefighters say when they arrived the heaviest fire was in the back of the building then worked its way to the front blowing out the windows.

At least five surrounding fire departments were called in to help and took almost half an hour to put out. Flames did spread to the neighboring building next door, which is a two family home. NEWS10 spoke with the landlord who has owned the house for more than 30 years. He tells NEWS10 he heard a woman screaming and came outside to see smoke and flames.

NEWS10 was told that one cat did not make it out.  Some of the people who lived here are staying with family and the Red Cross is helping out the others.

State fire investigators are on scene looking into how it started.

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