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The January 14th Car Seat Inspection has been canceled. Our next inspection day will be February 25th at Albany Fire Department Station 12 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. For more details please see our website at https://www.cityofalbany.net/departments/fire/community-resources/free-car-seat-inspections
Albany Fire Department responded to a residential 1st Alarm Fire, on January 9, 2016 at 0508 A.M. The original report came in as trapped victims. When AFD arrived occupants were out of the home and safe. The home was fully involved with fire and firefighters began to fight the blaze. The fire was extinguished with no injuries to AFD staff. The homeowner, a roommate, a guest visiting from out of town, and a dog escaped the fire. A second dog did not survive the fire. There was also multiple exposures to other properties with minimal damage. The cause of the fire is undetermined and the home is a complete loss.
Albany Fire can not stress enough the importance of working smoke alarms. This home did not have functioning smoke alarms but because a guest was present in the living room she awoke to the fire and was able to get the other residents out. We are grateful for the outcome but we know the outcome could have been far worse. Take 15 seconds today and TEST your alarms and/or replace all smoke alarms that are older than ten years.
The Red Cross and The Albany Firefighters Community Assistance Fund assisted the victims today by providing money for shelter, clothing provisions, medications, and phones. All residents have local family for continued support.