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Fire spreads from basement, damages Schenectady house

Schenectady firefighters battle a 2 alarm fire at 157 Oregon Ave. on Wednesday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Schenectady firefighters battle a 2 alarm fire at 157 Oregon Ave. on Wednesday.
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Fire chased an Oregon Avenue couple from their home Wednesday evening.

Deputy Chief Kurt Gerfin of the Schenectady Fire Department said the couple returned to 157 Oregon Ave. around 5:40 p.m. to find black smoke pouring from their chimney. The found the house was filled with smoke upon opening the door.

Firefighters arrived a short time later to see flames through a basement window. They aggressively attacked the fire and were able to knock ...

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