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Firefighters injured in State St. fire

  • Firefighters battled a blaze at 260 State St. in the city for several hours Saturday night. 

  • Firefighters battled a blaze at 260 State St. in the city for several hours Saturday night. 

January 7, 2018 12:37 am Updated: January 7, 2018 01:06 am

HUDSON - Two firefighters suffered minor injuries while fighting a blaze in the city Saturday night. 

Emergency personnel responded to the fire at 260 State St. at 8:44 p.m.

Five people were inside the three-story building when the fire started in the top floor. They all escaped safely, Hudson Fire Chief Anthony DeMarco said at the scene. 

The cause of the blaze is under investigation, DeMarco said. 

Freezing temperatures posed an added challenge to firefighters Saturday night. Temperatures reached a high of 2 degrees and a wind chill warning was in effect through 10 a.m. Sunday. 

One firefighter slipped and fell on the ice and another got hit by debris at the scene, DeMarco said. Both were taken to the hospital.

"The wind was a little tough and the cold was a little tough, but as far as I know, we didn't have any water issues other than the ice," DeMarco said.

Kiley Thompson, of Durham, owns the State Street building and said five tenants were staying in the rooming house at the time of the fire. 

"Everyone made it out safely and that's the important thing," Thompson said. 

State Street was blocked off between fourth and second streets while firefighters got the flames under control.

The Greenport, Catskill, Stottvillle, Athens, Claverack and Germantown fire departments responded. Chatham was called to standby. Hudson police and the city's Department of Public Works also assisted at the scene. 

To reach reporter Amanda Purcell, call 518-828-1616 ext. 2500, or send an email to apurcell@thedailymail.net.