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Heavy Fire on Arrival at Willow Lane House Fire in Melrose

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September 08, 2021 | 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.

MELROSE, NY - On September 8th at 3:37 A.M., Hoosic Valley Ambulance along with the Melrose and Johnsonville Fire Departments were dispatched for a reported structure fire in the intersection of Willow Lane and Grant Hollow Road, with multiple callers reporting the house to be on fire. Deputies quickly arrived on scene and notified the dispatcher that they had a working structure fire.

Melrose Car 4 arrived and confirmed a working structure fire with heavy fire through the roof. Deputies on scene confirmed that everyone was out of the structure. Melrose Car 2 arrived and declared the Signal 30, and then requested a second-alarm after notifying the dispatcher that the house was heavily involved. Hoosic Valley, Johnsonville, Speigletown, Pleasantdale, and the Center Brunswick Fire Departments were dispatched to the scene.

Engine 206 arrived on scene and firefighters deployed a one-and-three-quarter inch hand line to the front of the structure while another firefighter deployed a one-and-three-quarter inch hand line to the rear of the structure. The chief of the department arrived on scene and took over pump operations on Engine 206 so that crews had another interior firefighter to help knock down the heavy fire condition. The pump operator of Engine 206 quickly connected to the fire hydrant in front of the structure, establishing a water supply.

As firefighters were making an aggressive push into the first floor, heavy fire blew through the second floor of the structure, causing the metal roof to collapse into the second floor. Engine 35-7 arrived on scene and firefighters deployed a two-and-a-half inch hand line to the 'Bravo' side of the structure where heavy fire had blown through the windows and attic vent. Firefighters from the Mechanicville Fire Department as well as additional departments arrived on scene and began to assist crews in suppression efforts.

As firefighters began to gain control of the heavily involved building, paramedics and EMTs from the Hoosic Valley Rescue Squad administered care to two individuals that were inside the house at the time of the fire and transported them to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

Crews made entry into the structure and began to hit all of the remaining hotspots. Fire investigators arrived on scene and began to conduct their investigation into the incident. Firefighters remained on scene until the early hours of the morning conducting overhaul and placing their engines back in service. The fire is currently under investigation.

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