AFD battles multiple blazes

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The Albany Fire Department had a busy day on Tuesday after they battled two fires one after another.

At around 3 p.m. reports of smoke at the Regency Club Apartments on Tompkins Road came in. Shortly after, the smoke turned into flames that fully engulfed two apartments.

Neighbors say they saw the smoke and didn't think it looked bad, but the situation quickly changed and became scary for many.

AFD officials say no one was injured during the fire they believe started by a pan filled with grease on the stove, but four of the eight apartments in the unit are badly damaged.

As soon as firefighters were able to get that fire under control, stations across town were dispatched to McLain Lane to reports of another fire.

Charity Powell says she was coming home with her son and opened the front door to hear the fire alarms going off and the smell of smoke. Powell says she ran outside and immediately called for help.

Firefighters attribute their quick response as the reason why the fire was contained in a neighborhood of closely-spaced homes and say the damage could've been much worse.

Officials believe the fire started in the attic but are still investigating the cause.

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