Massive fire destroys multiple buildings on Madison Avenue

July 18, 2017 09:26 AM

ALBANY - Flames broke out around 9 p.m. Monday in the 400 block of Madison Avenue. Mayor Kathy Sheehan tells NewsChannel 13 the most heavily impacted buildings appear to be 404, 406, and 408 Madison Ave.

There is no word of any casualties in the two-alarm fire.

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Fire crews from both Watervliet and Troy responded to assist the Albany Fire Department. Firefighters tell us this was a tough fire to fight because of the nature of the construction of the buildings. They each have a pocket of air at the top of the building, near the attic called a cockloft. That's where the fire was spread so quickly.

Neighbors at the scene speculated that the fire could have started with a bonfire burning in the backyard, but that has not been confirmed by fire officials.

The Red Cross is assisting 16 people affected by the fire, including 15 adults and one child.


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