More than a week after a massive fire engulfed twin apartment complexes on Jay Street, the aftermath is still taking its toll on the city of Schenectady. Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy issued a State of Emergency that went into effect last night at 7:30 p.m. and will last through March 21st at noon.
The fire that took place on March 6 on Jay Street has led to the deterioration of the buildings that are now in danger of collapsing.
Mayor McCarthy has stated to News10 that this situation threatens public safety and creates a “reasonable apprehension of immediate danger.”
The emergency has been declared on the area of Jay Street between Franklin and Liberty Street, down Franklin Street to 427 Franklin Street, and extending down Liberty Street through the intersection of Yates Street.
This also covers all parking lots behind the buildings on Jay Street between Franklin Street and Liberty Street.
Officials have confirmed that the fire has killed four people, two yet to be identified, and left more than 50 homeless.