Updated 04/17/2012 09:07 AM
Four Park Avenue homes demolished
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Crews were forced to knocked down buildings in Albany's historic mansion neighborhood after a fire ripped through half a dozen homes.
The fire started Sunday night on Park Avenue. It destroyed six homes before finally being put out. Four of the buildings had to be demolished.
Residents were able to return Monday morning to see if they could salvage any of their belongings.
Fire officials said since these types of old homes were built connected to each other, the fire spread quickly.
The owner of 66 Park Avenue said seeing what's left of her historic home is devastating.
"We've owned the house since 1869. I was raised here, me, my brother, my sister my son, who lives here, too. That's what's so sad about it. We took such good care of it. This was our life," Mary Ellen O’Connor said.
The Red Cross is providing help for more than 20 people.