SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A fire in Schenectady’s Stockade section has claimed one life and left several others without a place to call home.
Fire investigators and Schenectady Police detectives on scene, officials say that are looking into what started this fatal fire.
A cellphone video taken by a neighbor shows intense flames shooting out the back of the home at 306 Green Street.
The fire chief says the call came in around 1:30 a.m. When fire engines rolled in, the two-story subdivided home was engulfed in flames.
Seven people inside including one toddler were able to make it out, but one person identified as 51-year-old Gerald Clark did not.
The fire was so intense, fears of the flames and embers spreading to the neighboring Cottage Row apartment building.
Fire officials and police officers scrambled to evacuate those residents. One neighbor described the chaotic scene.
“I woke up at 2 this morning with banging and people screaming to get out. I seen the trees engulfed in flames. The car here was on fire.”
The fire chief says one woman suffered minor injuries and was sent to Ellis Hospital.