18 Homeless After Massive Fire in Green Island, The Aftermath
Smoke could be seen from as far away as Ravena when an entire apartment building was consumed by a massive fire Thursday afternoon in Green Island. The building was part of the River's Edge complex located on the Hudson River's Starbuck Island.
The fire began around noon Thursday, quickly spreading to the different apartments in the building. Onlookers from across the Hudson River posted this intense video from across the Hudson River.
Black smoke can be seen spewing into the air as the flames get hotter and spread throughout the structure.
Fire departments from Green Island, Troy, Cohoes, Watervliet and the Watervliet Arsenal all responded to the blaze. The Green Island Bridge was shut down for several hours Thursday afternoon as well as the roads surrounding the complex.
Luckily everybody got out, nobody was injured and all pets are accounted for. NewsChannel 13 reports about 18 people have been displaced. A neighbor, Brittany Zellman, told them she saw the fire quickly spreading:
It was devastating. It was very clear from the onset of the fire that they were going to lose everything.
Those affected by the fire are currently being helped by the local chapter of the American Red Cross.
Fire investigators are still trying to figure out what caused the blaze, though they say it doesn't appear to be suspicious or intentional at this point.
On Friday, demolition crews were at the site of what remained, using an excavator to knock down what's still standing. Crews on the ground say it will take several days to clean up.
The heat was so intense, the vinyl siding on a neighboring building across the parking lot began to melt.