Fire crews in Schenectady battled a house fire on Carrie Street Thursday afternoon. Time Warner Cable News reporter Jackson Wang has the details.

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- Firefighters responded to a house fire in Schenectady Thursday. 

It happened at 2:30 p.m. at a home on Carrie Street. 

Because of the strong wind, a neighboring home also had minor damage. 

It took firefighters about an hour to get the fire under control.

No one was home at the time of the fire. The fire chief believes the home is either vacant or abandoned. 

He also said because nearby hydrants were snow-free, it made their job easier.

"For a fire of this magnitude requires three or four hydrants and that's what we had. If we only had one, we may of had a concern for the buildings surround it," said Schenectady Fire Chief Raymond Senecal.

"A lot of smoke, I mean, the wind was blowing so hard. It was smoke was everywhere, the flames were just popping out," said neighbor Rita Bonesteel.

Fire investigators are trying to determine what caused the fire.