There is one inkling of good news for an Albany family whose house was damaged by fire last night. I can’t even imagine what was going through the family’s minds when they discovered that their relative, a 16-year-old teenager with autism, was initially not accounted for. Thankfully, he was returned to his family this morning.

The fire started around 2 a.m. this morning in a house located at 126 Yardboro Avenue. Firefighters believe that the fire started in the front of the house, however, they have not indicated the source of the fire.

There were six people inside the house, but firefighters accounted for only five residents initially. The residents notified officials that there was a 16-year old teenager with autism who was not at the scene. Albany Police were able to locate the teenager and safely return him to his family. It is unknown at this time where the teenager had run off to, or how the police located him.

Although all six people made it out of the house, one of the residents was found unresponsive on the scene. The injured person was transported by ambulance to the Albany Medical Center. The condition of the injured person has not been released at this time.

It is a terrible time for a family to be displaced. The economy is not great and public safety is still at risk due to COVID-19. Our thoughts and prayers definitely go out to this family and we will check on them and let you know if we discover any updates.

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