GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Glens Falls firefighters battled a second major apartment fire in the city in the past three days on Friday.
When crews arrived on scene, they had the daunting task of saving five people who were stuck on a balcony. Though everyone made it out safely, the anguish of the people displaced is just beginning.
“It’s just sad,” Tammy Clark said. “I’m just a nervous wreck.”
Clark and Clifford Sweet called 14 Culvert St. home for the past six years.
“They went in and got our medications,” Sweet said. “It will probably be a few days before we know.”
The bottom floor of their apartment building may have been spared, but others weren’t so lucky. One woman lost her pet birds in the fire.
“There’s no question her apartment is gone,” Sweet said.
But everyone made it out safely thanks to a neighbor determined to wake everyone up.
“Our neighbor was yelling and screaming, ‘The house is on fire. Get out,’” Clark described. “I just ran out of the building. No shoes. No nothing.”
Amid battling their second major fire in just three days, Glens Falls firefighters emerged from the building with items of great sentimental value like a signed baseball and an American flag.
“They’ve been big fires, so that’s one thing that caused a problem,” Glens Falls Fire chief James Schrammel said. “So they’re bigger than usual, and they had us recall our entire crews for each fire, but we’re handling it well.”
Neighbors stood by in disbelief that fire has struck their community twice in one week.
“I feel bad for them cause they got nowhere to stay, so hopefully, they get help,” neighbor Tony Green said. “I knew a couple people that lived in them – in this one and that one.”
Clark is focusing on the now. She knows the only thing to do is move forward.
“We have the Red Cross, and we have family, and we’re just going to have to wait and see and take it from there,” she said.
The Red Cross is assisting eight people in finding shelter.
The investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.