Updated 04/16/2012 04:12 PM
Residents devastated after fire rips through mansion neighborhood
Nearly two dozen people were displaced after a fire ripped through six homes in the historic mansion neighborhood in Albany. Megan Cruz has more from Park Avenue.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- "Looking at it in broad daylight, it's just devastating," said Mary Ellen O'Connor.
The Park Avenue resident held back tears as she looked at what's left of her historic mansion home.
"We've owned the house since 1869," she said. "I was raised here, me, my brother, my sister, my son who lives here, too. That's what's so sad about it."
Her home was one of six, all built in the late 1800s, that caught fire Sunday evening.
Albany Fire Chief Robert Forezzi said, "Brick buildings in the front with wooden porches in the back. We believe the fire started in the rear, so that contributed to the spread of the fire, those wooden porches."
O'Connor said, "It never occurred to me that it was going to be my house too because I was there houses up from the house that was burning."
At least 22 people have been displaced, but thankfully no one was hurt. O'Connor said it was devastating to watch a piece of Albany's history be reduced to ashes.
She said, "We took such good care of everything. This was our life. And to see it like this..."
Officials assessing the structural integrity of the homes said at least four of the buildings will have to be torn down - 58, 60, 62, and 64.
O'Connor said she's hopeful her home can be saved and rebuilt.
"We want to," she said. "We want to stay here. We want to live here."
Fire officials said that the first call was reported around 8 p.m. Sunday from someone at 60 Park Avenue. Now, whether or not that is where the fire originated is yet to be determined. The same goes for the cause of this fire.