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Troy Police Remove Occupant from Second-Alarm Structure Fire

By JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER, Senior Correspondent | July 12, 2021 | NEW YORK

Story No. 080221101

TROY, NY - On July 12th at 4:08 A.M., the City of Troy's fire and police departments were dispatched to 455 10th Street for a reported structure fire, with the caller stating that the house was on fire.

Police units patrolling in the area quickly arrived on scene and notified the dispatcher that they had a heavy smoke condition pushing from the second-floor windows of the house, and no one was out of the house yet. Several officers quickly forced entry to the home to begin a search and came upon a person on the first floor. The officers quickly removed the individual from the house as fire conditions on the second floor began to worsen.

Engine 4 arrived on scene and declared the Signal 30 for a working structure fire with heavy smoke and fire showing from the second floor. Firefighters deployed a hand line to the second floor and began to conduct an aggressive interior attack. As firefighters were working on the second floor the engine operator connected to the nearby hydrant only 20-feet away. With heavy water flowing out of the top of the broken fire hydrant, the engine operator had established a water supply for the scene. The first arriving chief on scene requested the second-alarm to be transmitted as they had heavy fire in the cockloft of the building.

Firefighters from the truck company made their way to the roof and began to conduct ventilation. A significant amount of fire pushed from the side vents and siding on the house. Interior crews had a tough battle pulling the tin ceilings with the lath and plaster behind them to expose the heavy fire condition running above their heads. Firefighters on the second floor used multiple hand lines and began to knock down the fire running above their heads. Additional firefighters from the City of Watervliet and the Watervliet Arsenal arrived on scene and began to assist Troy firefighters with overhauling the fire floor.

Because of the quick actions of the Troy Police Officers that arrived on scene, the individual that was found and removed from the first floor was unharmed. Firefighters remained on scene for a few hours conducting overhaul and an investigation into what caused the fire. No firefighters were injured on scene.

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