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Red Cross assists after State St. fire, cause under investigation

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    Firefighters from six companies battled a blaze at 260 State St. in the city for several hours Saturday night.
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    On Monday, the building at 260 State St. in Hudson was boarded up and sealed off with police tape after a fire tore through the third floor and roof on Saturday.
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    All tenants were displaced by a fire at 260 State Street on Saturday night.
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    Debris lines the sidewalk outside 260 State St. where a fire damaged a building on Saturday. A firefighter was injured by falling debris during the fire and transported to the hospital.
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    Firefighters from six companies battled a blaze at 260 State St. in the city for several hours Saturday night.
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January 8, 2018 11:30 pm

HUDSON — Several people were displaced and three firefighters suffered minor injuries after a blaze in the city Saturday night.

Hudson companies responded to a fire at 260 State St. on Saturday at 8:44 p.m. to find smoke billowing from the roof of a rooming house.

On Monday, the doors to the State Street building were boarded up and sealed off with police tape.

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

All of the building’s occupants were displaced. Four people have received assistance from the American Red Cross, which provided immediate shelter, food and clothing.

Two Greenport firefighters suffered injuries while fighting the blaze. One slipped and fell on the ice and broke his arm, and the other was hit by falling debris which struck him in the helmet, DeMarco said. A Hudson firefighter was also taken to the hospital for difficulty breathing.

All three were taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital on Saturday, treated and released, DeMarco said.

Caseworkers will be following up with the displaced tenants in the following days, according to the Red Cross.

“Volunteers also offered emotional support, health services and comfort kits containing personal care items,” the Red Cross said in a statement. “Red Cross staff and volunteers will remain available to help those affected by the fire as they navigate the road to recovery.”

The official cause of the blaze remains under investigation, DeMarco said.

“The cause of the fire does not appear suspicious and is possibly electrical in nature,” he said Monday.

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. He was not in the building at the time the fire broke out, but rushed to the scene when he had heard of the fire. “Everyone made it out safely and that’s the important thing,” Thompson said.

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

Firefighters found flames above the drop ceilings while fighting Saturday’s blaze, according to the Hudson Fire Department.

The building does not appear to be a total loss, DeMarco said Monday. The fire was contained to the third floor and roof. The rest of the building sustained smoke and water damage.

Freezing temperatures posed an added challenge to firefighters Saturday night. Temperatures plunged to a low of 2 degrees and a wind chill warning was in effect through 10 a.m. Sunday, according to the National Weather Service in Albany. Neighbors brought coffee and soup to firefighters at the scene.

“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.

By 10:30 p.m., the fire had been brought under control, but firefighters remained at the scene to check for any hot spots.

“I am sorry for the people who lived there and the homeowner,” 2nd Ward Supervisor Abdus Miah said Monday. “I want to thank all the firefighters and the police officers who helped the victims of the fire. I am very concerned for my ward. If anybody needs help, they can contact me, and I will help them.”

Thompson secured the building to make sure no one enters it, with the assistance of Hudson police, Hudson Code Enforcement Officer Craig Haigh said Monday.

“We tagged the building as dangerous and unsafe and that means nobody can go in there until they go in and fix everything,” Haigh said. “The building is uninhabitable. There is extensive damage to the third floor and roof area and water and smoke damage through the rest of the building and, of course, the water has frozen.”

Greenport, Catskill, Stottville, Athens, Claverack and Germantown fire departments responded to the scene. Chatham was called to standby. Hudson police and the city’s Department of Public Works also assisted at the scene. Hudson Mayor Rick Rector and Common Council President Thomas DePietro were also at the scene.

The Hudson Police Department Fire Investigations Team, detectives and officers were at the scene.

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