Updated 03/01/2012 05:17 PM
Crews find body of Schenectady fire victim
A man trying to save others becomes the sole victim in a fire in Schenectady. Erin Vannella has the details from State Street.
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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- A man trying to save others becomes the sole victim of a fire in Schenectady.
Fire officials said they found the body of an elderly man on the first floor of the building. They believe he was alerting other residents about the fire when he became trapped.
The fire broke out late Wednesday night on State Street.
Nine people escaped and two babies were dropped from windows to be caught by rescuers.
On Thursday, firefighters located the missing man's body.
Schenectady Fire Chief Michael DellaRocco said, "The picture that's developing is one of the residents on the second floor told us that an occupant came to her door, knocked on the door and told her that there was a fire in the building. And when she opened the door, there was so much heat and smoke that she had to close the door. She said the smoke was coming right up the hallway. And we did discover the body in the area of her apartment."
Three firefighters were also hurt but have since been treated and released from Ellis Hospital.
A demolition team will be taking down the building, since code enforcement officers declared the building unsafe.