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Five Mile Point Handles Vehicle Fire on Interstate 81

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

During afternoon rush hour on October 17th, Broome County Communications dispatched Five Mile Point Fire Department to Interstate 81 southbound in the area of mile marker 9 for a reported SUV on fire.

Broome County was quickly receiving multiple calls on this incident, advising a working vehicle fire. New York State Police would arrive on scene shortly after and confirm a well involved SUV on fire on the right shoulder of the highway just south of the Exit 3 off ramp.

Squad 59 would respond with a crew of six. Arriving on scene, Squad 59 advised of a fully involved SUV on the shoulder and that NYSP had closed all lanes of I-81 southbound due to the smoke conditions. Squad 59's crew went to work stretching a one-and-three-quarter inch hose line to attack the fire. The main body of fire was quickly knocked down, and two out of three lanes of traffic were able to be reopened.

The vehicle was fully extinguished and towed away. All units returned to service in just over one hours time. Five Mile Point Fire Department was assisted on scene by New York State Police, New York State DOT, and Studer's Garage.

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