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Firefighters and Neighbors Make Multiple Rescues in Endicott

By NICHOLAS GRISWOLD, Correspondent | May 11, 2021 | NEW YORK

Story No. 051321112

ENDICOTT, NY - Just after 8:00 A.M. on the morning of May 11th, Broome Communications dispatched the Endicott Fire Department to 103 Parsons Avenue for a reported house fire with possible entrapment. From the time units left the station a large column of black smoke could be seen and a second-alarm was requested. Quint 25 and Squad 25 arrived to find a two-and-a-half story, wood-frame, multiple-family house with heavy fire on the 'Bravo' side.

Crews immediately went to work stretching lines and beginning searches of the structure. Neighbors reported that they had rescued multiple residents off the porch roof, with another resident having jumped from the fire escape. An additional resident was still unaccounted for.

Firefighters were able to locate this resident still in their bedroom on the second floor and removed them to safety. Multiple patients were transported from the scene, but no life-threatening injuries were reported. With initial FAST team crews arriving early and being put to work to assist in suppression and search an additional FAST team was called to the scene.

Although the main body of fire was knocked down fairly early, crews continued to work for several hours chasing fire through the balloon-frame construction. Eventually dormers on the third floor collapsed, revealing pockets of fire that had been concealed under multiple layers of roofing material. Access to the second floor of the original fire apartment was difficult due to the stairwell in that apartment having burned completely through. A hole had to be made from the other apartment to gain access to that area. All units were clear of the scene at 12:24 P.M., but returned several times to confirm that there were no remaining hot spots.

Departments that responded or that were placed on standby included Endicott Fire (25) on and off duty personel, West Corners Fire (29), Endwell Fire (31), Vestal Fire (32), Union Center Fire (53), West Endicott Fire (34), Five Mile Point Fire (59), Union Ambulance (79), Endicott Police, New York State Police, Broome County Fire Coordinators, and Broome County Fire Investigators. The cause of the fire is under investigation at this time.

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