On the outside of St. Anthony's Church on Seward Place in Schenectady, it seems like business as usual. But one step inside and the thick smell of smoke says otherwise.
The Rev. Richard Carlino says the fire started around 6:30 p.m. on Friday. The two people who were inside at the time got out safely.
Investigators say four firefighters were treated at Ellis Hospital for smoke inhalation.
While they're still trying to pin point the cause, Carlino says the fire may have started in the furnace. Part of it was replaced recently.
“A new blower was put on the day before the fire on Thursday. But we don't know if there's any connection. Sometime people make quick judgments and connections. We don't want to jump to conclusions,” said Carlino.