As many as 7 people were left homeless Wednesday when fire ripped through an old Dekalb Junction roller skating rink that was converted into an apartment building.
There were no injuries. The fire was at 2901 County Route 17.

The first firefighters on scene found more than a half dozen people from the building's two occupied apartments standing outside, as thick smoke poured from the rear of the structure. A quick response by volunteers from several departments is credited with preventing the fire from being worse than it was.

Investigators say the blaze started in an upstairs rear apartment and quickly spread into the ceiling of the building. Firefighters and other volunteers helped remove items from the apartments as the fire was being extinguished.

The structure is owned by Eric Turnball, according to fire investigators.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but is believed to be accidental and not suspicious in origin.

- reported by 7 News reporter John Friot