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Albany/HV: Crews battle house fire and bitter temperatures
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Firefighters responded to an early morning fire in Hoosick Falls. Megan Cruz has the details.

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- It was a busy morning for nearly ten local fire departments as 28 Center Street in Hoosick Falls erupted in flames around 3 a.m. on Friday.

"I come outside and that place was burning like crazy," said Eddie Young, who lives next door to the two-family home.

"There was fire coming out of the top windows and the roof," he said. "First thing I thought about was they got kids over there."

Neighbors say two kids live downstairs with their parents, and a brother and sister live on the 2nd floor.

By the time firefighters arrived, Hoosick Falls Fire Chief Robert Bornt said everyone made it out safely. He added, "The rear of the structure was fully involved when we got here and it didn't take long to move through the rest of the structure."

Battling the fire proved difficult.

"This extreme cold was a major factor as always," said Bornt. "Trying to get the firefighters here, and then once they were here, the water as you can see, everything turns to ice immediately."

The last flames were extinguished around 6 a.m. Bornt said the home is most likely a total loss.

"Any time you come out here and do this job, if you can go home without getting hurt, that's this job well done," said Bornt.

Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused the fire. The tenant on the bottom floor was renting the property, and has no insurance.

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