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Second Christmas Day Fire in Rensselaer County Brought Under Control

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.

SPIEGLETOWN, NY - On December 25, 2023, at 8:09 A.M., the Spiegletown Fire Department, Melrose Fire Department, Raymertown Fire Department, Pleasantdale Fire Department, and Hoosic Valley Rescue Squad responded to 103 Valley View Avenue, for a caller reporting that the neighbor's laptop was on fire inside the residence.

Spiegletown Car 2 quickly arrived on scene and had heavy smoke showing from the structure and transmitted the Signal 30 for a working structure fire. Command quickly conducted a walk-around and discovered that the dog had gotten out of the house, and that all of the occupants in the structure were accounted for.

Engine Ladder 35 arrived on scene, pulled directly into the driveway, and firefighters deployed a one-and-three-quarter-inch hand line to the front door. Engine 26 and Engine Tanker 35 arrived on scene and firefighters deployed to the front of the structure. Engine Rescue 28 and Engine 26-8 quickly followed behind. Firefighters made their way inside the structure and made a push down the hallway where they had a significant fire condition in the hallway leading to the main fire room.

Crews quickly began to knock down the heavy fire condition and took out the front window, venting the building. Command requested law enforcement to the scene, as they had an issue that needed to be handled. Command also requested fire investigators and national grid to the scene to secure the power to the home.

Within minutes, firefighters had the entire incident under control. Firefighters began to conduct extensive overhaul of the fire rooms and conducted a secondary search of the home to make sure everybody was out. The Schaghticoke Fire Department was requested to stand by in quarters to handle any calls in the Town of Schaghticoke while the multiple fire departments operated on scene. Fire investigators began to clear the other Christmas Day fire on the other side of the county. No injuries were reported, and fire investigators have yet to determine the cause of the fire. All fire units went back into service later that morning.

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