One year later: Cohoes rebuilds from big fire

November 30, 2018 01:23 PM

COHOES – A year after what was described as a "tornado of fire," most of Remsen Street in the city of Cohoes is recovering. The fire started in a burn barrel behind some apartment buildings when a man tried to forge a sword. However, the flames were whipped up by 30 mph. high winds.

One of the buildings saved by fire crews is now being renovated. There was actually a demolition permit issued before DBD Property swooped in and made it into two apartments and a soon-to-be Italian restaurant, "Anthony's."

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"I do have faith that the city will put something here," said developer Don Russell.

Russell guesses within the next two years, a project will be announced for the location.

A man who lost everything in his apartment that burned visited the open lot on Friday.

"It's reminders of everything that was there, my mom's stuff, my father's stuff, but it's all in here still," Greg Dyer said, tapping his head. "So it may not be physical, but I still have it mentally in my mind."

John Gomes, 51, was sentenced in June to a year in jail and ordered to pay a $600,000 fine, if and when he can.

More than 30 buildings had smoke or water damage, but only three came down.


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