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Fully-Involved Vehicle Fire Leads to Brush Fire in Coeymans Hollow

By THOMAS MARRA , Correspondent | September 18, 2020 | NEW YORK

Story No. 092620103

Coeymans Hollow, NY - A vehicle fire spread to a brush fire on both sides of the roadway in Coeymans Hollow on Friday, September 18th around 8:30 P.M.

The Coeymans Hollow Fire Department was dispatched for a reported fully-involved vehicle fire on Jarvis Road North in the area of Bushendorf Road. An arriving unit notified incoming units that the vehicle was fully-involved and the fire had extended to a brush fire on both sides of the roadway.

The fire had extended on both sides less than 50 ft., according to Chief Bill Kapusta of the Coeymans Hollow Fire Department. Chief Kapusta advised dispatch to re-dispatch his department for additional members due to the fire extending into the woods.

An engine arrived on scene and began flowing water and foam onto the vehicle to extinguish the flames, but then crews faced difficulty with magnesium posing a challenge.

"Water reacts with magnesium and actually enhances the fire," said Kapusta. "What we do is we try to control it, so we don't put water on it, let it burn out, put the rest of the vehicle out and put the extension out."

The bulk of the fire was knocked down within a few minutes, according to Kapusta, but it took approximately 30 minutes to completely extinguish the vehicle. Kapusta says the driver noticed some smoke and was able to get out of the vehicle when it went up in flames.

There were no injuries reported on scene.

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