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Apartment building withstands attic fire

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    Firefighters inside the apartment building with insulation on the ground.
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    Yellow fire tape surrounding the apartment building at 328 Columbia St. in Hudson.
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    Smoke coming out of the attic at the apartment building at 328 Columbia St. in Hudson.
August 8, 2017 04:37 pm Updated: August 8, 2017 06:58 pm


HUDSON — An apartment building at 328 Columbia St. between North Third and North Fourth streets in the city is standing after a fire erupted in an upper floor Tuesday afternoon.

The Hudson Fire Department was dispatched to the scene at about 1:30 p.m. Department Chief Anthony DeMarco described it as a working fire that is believed to have started in the building’s attic.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

“I haven’t gotten anyone in to investigate,” DeMarco said at the scene.

No injuries were reported. DeMarco said he believed there was someone in the building at the time of the fire, but he was unsure of whether it was a tenant or the building’s owner.

As firefighters brought the blaze under control, they knocked down walls in the attic to ensure there was no more smoke seeping out.

Hannah Westlake, of Hudson, lives in the building and said her mother and friends texted her about the fire.

“They all started texting and calling me, asking me, ‘Is your building on fire?’” Westlake said. “At first I thought it was a joke until I got the mom phone call.”

Westlake went to the scene, but had no idea if her apartment had been damaged in the fire. She said the authorities did allow her to go into the building to see what had happened.

Westlake said she is grateful she does not have any pets living with her in her third-floor apartment.

“That’s the first thing I thought of — thank God I didn’t have any little cats or dogs,” Westlake said.

The Hudson Fire Department was assisted by members of the Greenport and Catskill fire departments, Greenport Ambulance and Hudson police.

The Catskill Fire Company was called to provide mutual aid at the scene, Catskill Chief Ed Dolan said.

As of late Tuesday afternoon, Columbia Street was closed to traffic at the North 3rd and North 4th streets intersections.