A fast-moving fire fanned by strong gusty winds ripped through a three-story Endicott apartment house.

The blaze at 1410 Tracy Street was reported shortly after 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Officials estimated about 13 people - six adults and seven children - were homeless following the fire.

Thick, black smoke from the blaze a short distance east of Union-Endicott High School could be seen for miles.

Traffic was slowed at times on Route 26 because of near-zero visibility caused by the clouds of smoke.

Endicott firefighters were assisted by units from several nearby fire departments. At about 2:45, all crews inside the burning building were ordered out.

Firefighters were able to keep the blaze from spreading from neighboring structures. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire was not known.

The American Red Cross was called to assist those who were forced from the apartment building.

Endicott firefighters called for assistance from neighboring fire departments. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)a

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