SARATOGA, N.Y. - More than 30 people are homeless after a massive fire broke out early Sunday morning on Woodlawn Avenue in Saratoga Springs.
The American Red Cross has set up a shelter at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue in Saratoga. The shelter is providing food and temporary housing for those displaced by this fire. Around 36 people are homeless now and many of them work at the Saratoga Race track.
Gary Williams recalls the moment he saw his home going up in flames. Williams says he was working at the Saratoga Casino and Raceway when he heard the bad news.
"I got a phone call around four o'clock there was a fire at 104 Woodlawn and when I got there the blaze was just tremendous," says Williams.
The blaze had nearly 100 firefighters battling the flames that tore through four apartment buildings on Woodlawn Avenue. Twelve hours later, crews were still putting out hot spots, and Williams was learning how much he had lost.
"I lost half my clothes, my ties, my shoes. Some of my hats," says Williams.
As for a more permanent solution than the shelter, questions still remain.
"I don't really know," says Williams.
Representatives from NYRA took many of the workers for dinner at the track Sunday and are also trying to help them find new housing. The cause of the fire is under investigation.