NORWOOD, N.Y. (WWNY) - A fire in the heart of Norwood heavily damaged an apartment Monday night, but the building next door was saved.
The fire at 14 South Main was reported at 9:46 p.m. Norwood Assistant Fire Chief Donald Jarvis said flames were shooting from the back of the building when firefighters arrived.
A woman and her dog escaped, but then fled the scene. Two residents of the larger apartment building next door were among the first to see it.
"We both looked at the same time and we saw the smoke, so we ran to the corner and that's when we saw the flames," Cecilia Lindsey says. She lives at 20 South Main Street.
"It blew the window out," Lindsey said. "It was inside and then it blew the window and as soon as the window blew it went right up the whole side of the building right up. Yeah, it was bad.”
"The guys went inside and started knocking the fire down through the front of the building," Jarvis said, "and then made a sweep through the inside of the building.”
The building at 20 South Main Street had to be evacuated for the night, but residents were expected to be able to move back in Tuesday.
Jarvis said firefighters were able to retrieve Christmas gifts for people.
Firefighters from Brasher-Winthrop, Norfolk, West Stockholm, Potsdam, and West Potsdam helped the Norwood Fire Department at the scene.