Fire destroys Northern NY apartment building

Published: Nov. 12, 2018 at 5:19 PM EST
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A fire in Keeseville, New York, had crews fighting flames until early Monday morning.

Our Kelly O'Brien has a look at the damage and the impact on the residents.

"The call came in at 11 p.m.," Keeseville Fire Chief Mike Stranahan said. "When I came on scene within four minutes, the whole back of the building had already been vented, fire was going out the roof."

The apartment house at 22 Church Street is completely gone.

"With the old construction, it's a balloon frame, which means in the walls it's wide open from the basement right to the attic. So, there's all that airspace," Stranahan explained.

The building had four apartments. One was vacant, the other three had full-time tenants.

"Everybody got out safe," Stranahan said. "Unfortunately, it appears that everything is a total loss."

Among the residents-- children. The toys they left in the yard are about all that's salvageable.

"I spoke with two residents that were not insured for renters' insurance, so they're going to have to find a new place," the chief said.

About 50 firefighters from multiple area departments battled the blaze and the cold weather.

"You're spraying water everywhere, you've got ice all over the ground, slip hazards. As well as rehab for the firefighters because their gear is getting froze up," Stranahan said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation but at this point, it's not considered suspicious.

All those families did make it out safely but there was a dog that perished.