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Saratoga County Sheriff's Deputy Discovers House Fire While Responding to Other Call

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May 11, 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.

WEST CRESCENT, NY - On May 11th at approximately 10:58 P.M., a Saratoga County Sheriff's Deputy was responding to another call when he stumbled upon a working house fire at 47 Fire House Road. The West Crescent and Clifton Park Fire Departments, along with Boght Community Fire Co. for the FAST team and Clifton Park EMS were dispatched to the scene.

The sheriff's deputy notified the dispatcher that he had a well involved structure fire with heavy fire in the front of the house, and after searching he was was able to confirm that nobody was inside. The first arriving fire chief immediately declared a working structure fire and requested the Vischer Ferry and Halfmoon-Waterford Fire Departments to the scene with manpower. As heavy fire blew up the front of the residence, Command went around to the rear side of the structure and discovered two 250-gallon propane tanks with fire impingement on them.

The sheriff's deputy went down the road and scouted out the nearest fire hydrant for the first arriving engine, marking it with a road flare. The crew of the first arriving engine dropped the large diameter hose at the fire hydrant by the country drive-in and pulled down the road and took the front of the house as additional firefighters deployed a one-and-three-quarter inch hand line and began knocking down the heavy fire condition in an attached garage. Thick, heavy brown and black smoke chugged from the eaves of the mobile home as firefighters worked.

As mutual aid companies began arriving on scene, firefighters made their way inside the mobile home and started to pull the ceilings in the fire room. After the Boght Fire Co. FAST team switched roles on scene, Command requested the Colonie Village Fire Co. to respond in with their FAST team. Firefighters inside the structure had heavy fire running the roof area of the mobile home and began cutting a vertical ventilation hole while firefighters in the rear the structure disconnected the propane tanks and cooled them down with a hand line. Firefighters on the outside of the mobile home pulled the skirting away from the bottom of the trailer and knocked down fire that was running underneath the trailer.

A ventilation fan was set up in the front of the building to clear some of the hot toxic gases and heavy smoke condition. After pulling the ceilings inside the mobile home, heavy fire was exposed and quickly knocked down. Firefighters then switched over from water to foam and began foaming the entire interior portion of the trailer that had the heavy fire condition. An additional hand line was used on the exterior portion of the structure to make sure that there were no remaining hotspots. Extensive overhaul was then conducted inside the trailer.

Saratoga Fire Investigators arrived on scene and began to conduct their investigation into the fire. The trailer was a total loss, and no injuries were reported. Firefighters remained on scene until the early hours of the morning.

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JEFFREY BELSCHWINDERSenior Correspondent

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