Residents escape early morning house fire in Albany

ALBANY, N.Y (WRGB) -- Crews are at the scene of an ongoing fire at 294 Sheridan Ave. in Albany.

Reports of the fire came in at about 4:30 a.m.

Albany Fire Chief Joseph Gregory says when they arrived there was heavy fire inside that spread up to the attic. He says there was a partial roof collapse which made fighting the fire difficult. They were able to prevent it from spreading to the neighboring houses, but the heat from the flames caused damage.

Everyone got out safely.

Quinton Davis told CBS6 he was at his sister's house next door. He woke up and heard someone yelling "fire". He knew there was a women with young children in the house, so he ran and knocked on the window, then climbed through the window to make sure they could get out.

Crystal Denue said she woke up, grabbed her children, and ran out the back door. She saw smoke and flames coming from the front door and the building's hallway, so she knew her only way out was the back.

Neighbors evacuated too, as a precaution.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. The house is a total loss. We're told it'll be demolished.

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