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More than fifty Albany residents displaced after two morning fires

May 19, 2019 10:34 PM

ALBANY-- Two separate fires in Albany are under investigation Sunday morning. 

One fire broke out around 5:00 a.m. in a row of houses in the 100 block of Bradford Street. 

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The fire spread to 7 other residential buildings. Fire Chief Joe Gregory says it consumed buildings 128-142. The old style construction allowed it to spread. 

Flames were contained 4 hours later at 9:00 a.m. Around 40 people have been displaced by the fire. The Red Cross is assisting. 

One firefighter suffered minor injuries. He was transferred to a hospital for further evaluation. 

Just minutes later, another fire was reported at 41 Third Avenue. The flames broke out at a 3 family home. 

Two police officers could be seen carrying children away from the burning building. 

According to Public Information Officer Steve Smith from the Albany Police Department, Sergeant Chris Cornell and Officer Joshua Sears made their way up the back fire escape to the third floor of the burning building.

Smith says Cornell was able to grab a 3-year-old boy from the building and pass the child off to a passerby who got him in the arms of first responders. He says both Sears and Cornell were treated and released at Albany Medical Center for smoke inhalation. 

Crews on scene at 3rd avenue say 14 were displaced. Chief Gregory says two civilians were sent to the hospital for minor injuries.  The cause of both fires are under investigation. 

It's still not clear whether there were smoke detectors inside. 

Statement from Steve Smith: 

Both [officers] made entry from a third floor fire escape in an effort to rescue three year old boy who they were told was still inside. They could hear him crying but couldn't see him due to smoke and fire.  Cornell ended up locating boy not far from the door and he handed him off to some members of the community who were also attempting to help. 

Officers Tim Adalian and Nick Schuler also tried to gain entry through the front door of the residence but were unable due to fire conditions. 

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Muneib Chater

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