Several displaced after Schenectady apartment fire

Jill Konopka
Updated: June 28, 2020 09:31 AM
Created: June 27, 2020 06:32 PM

At least ten people in Schenectady are without a home after a fire tore through an apartment building on Crane St. 

Residents were asleep when flames broke out.


"The flames were shooting way up, they were angry flames," said Gordon Collier. "They were tearing stuff up."

Collier was asleep at Pleasant Village when he woke up to banging on his door.

Miles Smith, another resident, says his family will be alright.

""When I heard the banging on my door that's when I saw it, I ran right down. My cousin lives there. Just wanted to make sure she was ok. That's when we started focus on the other people. Cuz' there was a whole family in there sleeping." said Smith.

City officials ordered all tenants out based on the amount of damage to the building.

Smith said he's confident everyone will come back from the devastating night, thanks to an old friend who revved his engine to help wake tenants up.

"Robinson was pretty much banging on everybody's door, you know and I also ran over the three of us ran to the back," said Smith. "Banging on the lady in the back window, they managed to get her out."

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