Fire crews battle fire at vacant home in Schenectady
A vacant Schenectady home owned by the city was demolished following a morning fire. Crews responded to the home at 525 Schenectady Street around 8 AM Tuesday. Hours later, the home was taken down because the roof had collapsed.
You can watch the demolition here:
Schenectady Fire Chief Raymond Senecal says when they arrived there were heavy flames, and that it took about a half hour to get a handle on it. He says no was hurt and no one was inside at the time of the fire.
Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy confirms the home was owned by the city and is on the same street where three more were recently demolished because of blight. He says half a block away 548 Schenectady Street was demolished this year, as well as two properties a few blocks away.
These are among about 100 homes the Mayor says they’ve been down to improve Schenectady. His office is also working with Capital Region Land Bank in the fight against blight.