13 displaced after massive fire in Cohoes

COHOES, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Thirteen people were displaced after a fire ripped through a house in Cohoes on Tuesday.

Just after 2 p.m., smoke could be seen pouring out of a home at 294 Saratoga St. Leroy Dalton was among the eight people inside.

“I heard the smoke detectors going off because I was sleeping, and when I heard them go off, I ran out of the room and looked to the back, and the back of the house was on fire,” he explained.

Acting quickly, Dalton gathered the other people inside the residence, including his girlfriend, sister, and his sister’s two children, and rushed them out the door.

“I didn’t want to see anyone get hurt or myself get hurt,” he said. “It was a scary experience, but I had to just shake it off and be the bigger person at the moment, so I can just get everybody outside of the house.”

Meanwhile, fire crews from Cohoes and surrounding areas were already on the scene.

“It was determined early on, even before crews got there, that we weren’t going to go inside of the structure,” Cohoes Fire Cpt. Jim Fennen said.

Five people from the neighboring house were also evacuated. Fire crews used their house as a vantage point to battle the flames next door.

One family friend ran up the road when he heard what was going on.

“Just to double check to make sure everybody is okay first,” Kevin White said. “Forget the house. Everybody got out. That’s what matters.”

After more than two hours, the smoke finally stopped. But significant damage inside the home was left behind.

Everyone made it out safely, but they are left wondering what will become of their home.

“We don’t have anything,” Dalton said. “I wish we could say something else, but we don’t have anything.”

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. The 13 people displaced are being helped by the Red Cross.

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