Raging Fire Destroys Halfmoon Apartment, 11 Departments Respond
It was a terrible tragedy on the 4th of July, but luckily everyone made it out alive. A fire broke out at the Mohawk Terrace Apartments in Halfmoon around 1pm Monday.
The building at 207 Mohawk Terrace has 36 units in it. Luckily, nobody was killed, although firefighters had to conduct a rescue operation to get at least three people out - as well as some pets. News 10 says two firefighters suffered minor injuries, but are expected to be ok.
One resident told CBS 6 he was sleeping at the time and it was the firefighters who woke him up:
I was inside asleep and then I heard the fire department start shouting that they see there, that there was a fire to get out. They kicked the door open, and I woke up.
Monday was a very hot day with temps in the upper 80's, so that didn't help the situation. There were reports of issues getting enough water to battle the flames. The West Crescent Fire Department was first to get to the blaze, ten other departments from the surrounding area were also called in to help.
On Tuesday morning, News 10 had a crew on the site when the fire reignited inside one of the apartments on the second floor, they called the West Crescent Fire Department who immediately returned to the scene. Fire Chief Stephen Bonesteel said fires can often appear to be put out, but they can start up again:
When everything collapses on itself — it’s hard to get everything. We had 4 aerial devices up soaking in water last night and still got one.
A structural engineer was called in to check the stability of the building, but initial reports say it's likely a total loss. The Red Cross is assisting at least 20 people who were displaced by the fire. No word yet on the cause.