PTO event to help burned-out Niskayuna family
NISKAYUNA A Niskayuna school PTO is hosting a fundraiser Saturday to help a family displaced by a fire last week.
Fire struck the 846 Downing St. home of the Smith family the afternoon of Dec. 18, according to Niskayuna Fire District 2 Chief Sean Muldowney.
“It was confined to the kitchen area and [it’s] still an active investigation as to what the cause was,” he said.
No one was home at the time, but five dogs perished in the blaze. It took about 25 firefighters 20 to 30 minutes to get the fire under control, according to Muldowney.
The fire originated near the stove, he said. Most of the damage was confined to the kitchen, although there was smoke and water damage throughout the entire house. Firefighters also had to remove windows on the upper level to vent the building.
The Iroquois PTO is holding a Rock-N-Skate fundraiser from 8:30 to 10 p.m. at the Schenectady County Recreational Facility ice rink at 5 Tower Road in Scotia.
Event organizers Ann Gallup and Lori Peretti said in an email that the house will be uninhabitable until the damage can be repaired and the Smith family can replace damaged personal possessions.
The fee is $5 per person with all the proceeds going to the family. Two of the children, Ryan and Sarah Smith, attend Niskayuna High School and a third, Katie Smith, attends Iroquois Middle School.