Long road to recovery underway in Cohoes

December 01, 2017 05:59 PM

COHOES - The dust is still settling in Cohoes, but the long road to recovery is already underway after Thursday's massive fire.

The state said Friday it's sending resources to help.

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Three buildings were leveled and more than two dozen others, spanning three city blocks, were damaged by what onlookers called, a "tornado of fire."

At a floral business, owners say they looked across the street and the heat was so intense they had to stand back from the windows.

A lot of windows are blown out from the heat, or from the powerful fire hoses.

More than 100 firefighters fought the blaze. Cohoes had four ladder trucks immediately. Two were out of commission, but the fire chief doesn't think that had any effect on the ability to fight the fire.

Police say Cohoes resident John Gomes is responsible for the fire. They say he was trying to forge a sword out of a fire he started in a burning barrel. Wind gusts carried the fire from building to building. Gomes has been charged with reckless endangerment and arson.

The three buildings that were leveled are being taken down.

If you want to help the fire victims, donations are being accepted at all Capital Region Pioneer Bank locations.


WNYT Staff

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