Troy fire leaves several homeless
Flames damage four buildings after an early morning fire in Rensselaer County. YNN's Maria Valvanis has more.
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TROY, N.Y. -- Three buidlings were destroyed and one was partially destroyed by a massive fire. It was the third fire in the past two weeks, and the second on Sunday morning for this 6th Avenue block.
"We just got back in our house, and now we're out again," said Jeremiah Lakins, Troy resident.
Fire Chief Tom Garrett said crews were first called to the 3253 6th Avenue at 1:00 a.m. They were able to distinguish the fire, and left. However, they were called back a few hours later to a fire that they believe started int he same home, before spreading to it's neighbors.
"These people lost everything. They are not going to be able to get back inside their house, it will have to be torn down," said Garrett.
Mike Tropodi of the Red Cross said, "We provide assistance for those who need it with food, clothing, and also if people need a place to go, we put them up in hotels."
The incidents are the latest in a string of fires across the city. Officials have been working together to try and put an end to this chaos.
"We have the city's commitment to make sure that we put as much resources as we need to find out if there are individuals, or individual, involved in this, and that we are going to work really hard with fire resources," said Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia.
Two of the buildings involved were vacant, but 23 people make up the other two buildings and are now left homeless. Regardless, some residents said they wouldn't move back if they could.
"I'm getting out, definitely moving out. I'm done with this area," said Lakins.
It is too early to determine what caused the fires, but investigators are canvassing the area and looking for any indication as to what might have caused them.