ALBANY, N.Y. – Firefighters rushed to the scene of a fire around 8:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, not just to battle flames but to also rescue people in the building.
Fire crews responded to 238 Washington Avenue around 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. Officials say the building houses a business on the first floor and two apartments on the second and third floors.
“It was a well involved fire heavy smoke fire on the second floor,” said Deputy Chief Michael Cox with the Albany Fire Department.
Inside the building is a new business about to open up on the bottom floor. There are also apartments on the second and third floors.
Firefighters said that their first priority on Saturday was to rescue two people trying to escape the flames.
“We have some reports of folks trapped in the rear and did a second alarm to help those people,” said Cox.
The two people climbed onto another building’s porch as they waited to be rescued, one of them was a pregnant woman.
“We did have one pregnant woman that had to be evaluated as a precaution, but other than that no injuries,” said Cox.
Firefighters used their ladder to get both people to safety as the fire itself proved challenges to put out. Renovations on the building at the new restaurant have been affected.
“It was difficult, trapped in some walls difficult to locate. Involved a lot of overhaul a lot of intensive opening of walls and ceilings to actually locate the fire,” explained Cox.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.