Red Cross helping four people after Troy fire

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Crews were on the scene of a fire at the Checker Board Laundromat located at 275 5th Avenue in Troy.

Fire Chief Eric McMahon says the fire started just before 9 p.m. There was an apartment attached to the building, said McMahon. The Red Cross is now helping four people who lived there.

There were no injuries.

McMahon described it as a well involved fire at the rear of the building that’s adjacent to the alley. He said it looked like it was going to jump the alley and extend to a building on 106th Street.

A second alarm was called to handle the fire, which included units from the Watervliet Fire Department in the City of Cohoes and additional units from the city of Troy.

The building suffered significant damage. An engineer will be coming in to do an assessment of the building, but the chief doesn’t believe the building will be saved, he said.

Other help came from National Grid, who was on the scene to deal with the downed power lines.

Crews from the Department of Public Utilities made sure firefighters had enough water, said McMahon.

The New York State Fire will assist Troy Fire in the investigation to determine the cause of the fire.