Multi-family home destroyed in Amsterdam

November 29, 2017 04:32 AM

AMSTERDAM - Scrambling to get out in just their pajamas, nearly 30 people from three homes on Guy Park Avenue ran into the cold Tuesday morning to escape what turned out to be a raging fire.

Firefighters say it started in the garage at 156 Guy Park Ave. where reports are a man was staying there there after a fight with his girlfriend. Witnesses claim he discovered the fire and was able to warn the seven people who live upstairs and the eight people who live downstairs of the three apartment building.

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The father of the three little boys - ages 1, 3 & 8 - kicked out a door to free his family because the other door was on fire, the Chief said.

It's the second fire on the street in just over a week. The other was at 348 Guy Park Ave.less than two weeks.

Cold weather caused some problems for firefighters who poured water on the house from all angles. The fire was so hot it melted the siding on five nearby homes and the water iced over almost immediately. The city brought in its DPW trucks to spread road salt.

The Red Cross is now helping the people affected by the fire.

The families took refuge in two nearby stores where the staff calls them "family" - both the Stewart's shop and the Dollar General store. Strangers were even showing up with new shoes and baby wipes for the victims.

Among the items the one family needs are shoes: size 6 1/2 and 5 /12 for women, sizes 10 and 8 for men, plus children's sizes 13 1/2, 9 and 5.


The Red Cross provided financial assistance for necessities such as shelter, food and clothing to eight adults and five children, ages 1 through 10, from two separate families. Volunteers also offered emotional support, comfort kits containing personal care items, and stuffed animals for the children. In the coming days, Red Cross staff and volunteers will remain available to help these residents, and any others affected by the fire, as they navigate the road to recovery.

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