TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A building gutted by an intense fire Tuesday morning was demolished Wednesday afternoon.
A city engineer said the building had to come down, as it had already begun collapsing during the intense fire.
The fire erupted around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. Loud popping noises could be heard coming from inside.
Firefighters were told to pull back from the intense flames because the floors in the three-story structure had already begun to buckle.
Everyone made it out okay, but seven residents were displaced. The Red Cross is now helping them with temporary housing.
Less than 48 hours after the fire, the weakened more than 150-year-old structure was slated for demolition.
Watching the work from the sidewalk was Kathleen Marczak who lives two doors down from the building.
“It’s going to be an opening in the street. You know it will be an absence of a building and I’m sure no one is going to build another building.”
Officials have not released an official determination for the cause of the fire.