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Electrical malfunction at Myrtle Avenue fire early Monday

April 20, 2015

by Journalism 1

A fire at 660 Myrtle Ave., between Partridge and Ontario streets, started from an electrical issue in the attic of the two-family property early Monday morning, according to Richard Cossart, the owner of the building.

Fire in 600 block of Myrtle Avenue Monday/Derek Reed

Fire in 600 block of Myrtle Avenue Monday/Derek Reed

Three adults and three children ages 16, 13, and 2, fled just before midnight, according to Cossart and the Northeastern Chapter of the American Red Cross.

The estimated damage to the house has not yet been determined, Cossart said Monday in an interview. The insurance adjusters will determine if the building is salvageable, he said. The property suffered extensive water damage, according to the owner. Early Monday, the tenants’ cat was reunited with its worried family.

The first floor apartment had just been renovated and was vacant and the prospective tenant had just signed the lease and was scheduled to move in shortly, Cossart told The Pine Hills blog.

Albany Firefighters at 660 Myrtle Ave. Monday/Derek Reed

Albany Firefighters at 660 Myrtle Ave. Monday/Derek Reed

The Albany Fire Department was at the scene late Sunday night and into Monday morning combating the fully engulfed attic. Calls to the Albany Fire Department were not returned by deadline.

Neighboring properties were not damaged according to Cossart. Tenants were on site later Monday morning, but were not available for comment.

Volunteers from the Northeastern New York Chapter of the American Red Cross responded to the scene. They provided food, clothing, seasonal garments, shoes, infant supplies, comfort kits, and a stuffed animal for the baby, according to Mary Alice Molgard, a public affairs team member for the American Red Cross.

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