Cohoes fire

Cohoes city councilor Steve Napier shared this photo to Facebook.
Steve Napier

In January 2018 Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany was asked by the City of Cohoes to provide disaster case management services to help survivors of the fire that devastated much of downtown Cohoes. The organization released a report Thursday.

John Gomes is sentenced in Albany County Court, June 2018.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The man whose attempt to forge a sword in his yard – starting a fire that devastated downtown Cohoes, New York — will be going to jail for a year.

Dave Lucas / WAMC

The man blamed for starting a major fire last year that devastated much of downtown Cohoes, New York has pleaded guilty to arson. 

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Cohoes has begun what promises to be a long recovery from last week's massive downtown fire. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was at City Hall today for an update.


Residents are shaken and the images are startling after a massive fire devastated several downtown blocks of the city of Cohoes Thursday.

  Firefighters battled a massive blaze along Remsen Street in Cohoes late Thursday afternoon. 

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People are homeless and several buildings have been completely destroyed following a major fire in the Albany County city of Cohoes Thursday afternoon. Fire departments from a number of nearby cities and towns were called in to help battle the flames that broke out in the 200 block of Remsen Street, and quickly spread. As of Thursday afternoon, there were no reports of serious injuries. Officials say the wind carried embers to other buildings and touched off other smaller fires.