Two people were injured after a fire broke out an apartment building in the Hamlet of Castle Creek. Eight fire departments were called to the apartment building. Our Elyse Mickalonis tells us more about the fire and the rescue that took place.
CASTLE CREEK, N.Y. -- It was still dark outside when Castle Creek resident Dixie Banner’s dog, Star, alerted her to something happening outside.
"I came out and there was flames coming out of the lower part of the apartment over there, which was pretty scary,” said Banner.
Banner was one of many neighbors who woke up Sunday morning to find one of two Glen View apartment buildings along Castle Creek Road was on fire.
"When I looked out the front window, I could see the fire. It was coming out the front door and going up the wall,” said Charles Van Valkenburgh, a Castle Creek resident.
It all started around 5 a.m. in the Hamlet of Castle Creek. Firefighters say the two alarm fire started in the building’s basement, then spread up to the attic space.
Banner says she had one concern when she saw the burning building.
"If there was still anybody inside. It happened really quick,” she said.
When crews arrived on scene, they were met with heavy flames and news that people were still inside the building and that’s when firefighters kicked into rescue mode.
"We had to rescue a couple people off the roof at the rear. They had come down the emergency escapes and had gotten to the roofline. Then they went into attack mode to start fighting the fire,” said Dave Leader, Chenango Fire Company Chief.
Van Valkenburgh added, "It went out the second floor window and out, up the wall into the roof, into the attic. I thought the building was gone, but they did a good stop on it."
Leader says they were able to put the fire out quickly and they're thankful everyone got out.
Two people were taken to the hospital, no word yet on their conditions.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.