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House Fire in Watervliet Causes Moderate Damage

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February 20, 2022 | NEW YORK JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER, Senior Correspondent
This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.

WATERVLIET, NY - On February 20th at 12:05 P.M., the Maplewood FD along with the Watervliet FD, Boght FD (FAST), and the Latham FD were dispatched to a reported structure fire at 6 Kirkner Lane. The caller reported that the wall behind their wood stove was on fire.

The first arriving chief on scene had fire showing from the rear of the building and declared the signal thirty for a working structure fire. Command conducted a size up of the house and found a two-story, wood-frame structure with an addition to the home on fire, along with a heavy smoke condition coming from the rear of the building and roof.

The first arriving engine deployed a one-and-three-quarter inch hand line to the rear of the building and another to the side door. The first arriving truck company deployed manpower to the rear of the building where they made their way inside the structure. Firefighters immediately began to knock down fire traveling up the wall and across the ceiling.

As additional crews arrived, command requested fire services with their mobile air unit to the scene, as well as an additional FAST team, as the current FAST team was put to work inside the building. Crews had the fire completely knocked down within a few minutes, but still had a smoke condition coming from the rear of the building. Extensive overhaul was conducted in the rear of the building where they had the heaviest fire condition.

All occupants were able to make it out safely and no injuries were reported. The home suffered moderate damage in the rear of the structure. The fire is believed to have started in the wood stove.

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