Updated 04/18/2012 08:47 AM
Neighbors show support for fire victims
Residents came together to support the victims of the massive fire that left more than 20 people homeless in Albany's historic mansion neighborhood. Our Erin Vannella joined us with more what's being done to help them.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Neighbors came out together in Albany two days after a massive fire ripped through six homes in the historic mansion neighborhood.
Community forum brought neighbors together Tuesday night to show support for one another and to find out what's next for the historic neighborhood.
City leaders say the cause of the fire is still not known, but they did tell residents that demolition of the destroyed buildings will not be the responsibility of the homeowners.
While some of the buildings are still being taken down, neighbors were anxious to find out what's next.
The director of buildings and regulatory compliance says any rebuild will need to be done with a lot of help and attention to detail.
"It is a historic district. Will have to comply. Those houses go back to 1862, I believe. It would be great to have housing that goes back to that and recognizes character of neighborhood," Jeff Jamison said.
Any new construction will need different and upgraded building codes that would not allow another fire to spread the way this one did.
Neighbors say they've organized fundraiser to help the victims pick up the pieces.