Firefighters battle massive fire on Myrtle Avenue

August 23, 2019 03:21 PM

ALBANY – The call came in at 11:45 p.m. Thursday for a fire on Myrtle Ave. in Albany’s South End. It was another fire involving a connection of houses that quickly spread.

It would burn out addresses 16, 18, 20, 22 & 24 Myrtle Ave. and began in #20, a boarded up house with a red sign with a white “X” meaning “do not enter.”


“It was boarded up,” said Albany Fire Chief Joseph Gregory.

It sits in the middle of the block between Phillip St. and Grand St. and a short walk from the Governor’s Mansion.

Volunteers from the Northeastern New York Chapter of the American Red Cross are helping 14 families, 42 people – 22 adults, 20 children (ages 0-16) – with financial assistance for shelter, food and clothing. Even the owner of Betty Boop's Diner down the block, Teresa Soto, is also looking to help the families with meals at her restaurant.

"It's a narrow street, and they're older buildings and the fire had a good jump on us,” Gregory said. “(Firefighters) got the equipment in and they did a heck of a job and they took a beating.”

Albany Police were first on the scene. Fire crews rotated in and out from Albany, Watervliet, Troy and Green Island.
"All of the victims actually self-evacuated during our arrival,” Gregory said.


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