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Fire Rips Through Bridge Ave. Home in Cohoes

By JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER, Senior Correspondent | August 09, 2021 | NEW YORK

Story No. 083021109

COHOES, NY - On August 9th at 5:16 A.M., the City of Cohoes Fire Department along with Green Island, the Watervliet Arsenal and the City of Watervliet Fire Department were dispatched to 161 Bridge Avenue for multiple calls reporting a structure fire.

The first arriving engine and truck company on scene had heavy fire showing from the rear of the building which was pushing across the second floor. Firefighters immediately made entry to the structure and conducted a primary search of the building to make sure all of the residents were out.

Crews deployed multiple hand lines to the rear portion of the building and began to knock down the heavy fire condition. Firefighters from the incoming mutual aid units arrived on scene and deployed several hand lines into the front door of the building, making their way to the second floor where they encountered thick heavy black smoke with high levels of heat and heavy fire running through the cockloft. Firefighters attempted to knock down the heavy fire condition, but were forced from the building when the fire in the cockloft rapidly extended over their heads and blew through the roof of the building.

Crews immediately set up multiple blitz fires for exposure protection in the front of the building. Firefighters switched to defensive operations as the fire had gotten ahead of them. Firefighters placed two of the truck companies on scene in the air and into operations. As the truck companies were getting in place the roof of the structure collapsed into the second floor.

Firefighters remained on scene until the late hours of the morning. The New York State Department of Homeland Security’s Office Fire Prevention and Control was contacted for their investigators to come to the scene. Unfortunately, firefighters were not able to locate the family pets until after the fire.

The fire is under full investigation at this time. No injuries were reported.

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