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Three Alarms Struck at Vacant Building Fire in Burnt Hills

By JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER, Senior Correspondent | October 10, 2020 | NEW YORK

Story No. 110620106

Burnt Hills, NY - On October 10th at 7:09 P.M., the Burnt Hills Fire Department along with Malta Ridge, Round Lake, Ballston Lake, East Glenville, Eagle Matt Lee, and the Union Fire Company were dispatched to Route 50 and Wellness Drive for a reported commercial structure fire.

The caller stated that heavy black smoke and fire was coming from the building. Earlier that day the fire department was dispatched to the same address for a reported fire. Crews arrived to find a basement fire and extinguished it. Firefighters then checked the house for extension but did not find any at the time. The house now vacant, was a previously owned commercial structure.

As multiple units were heading to the scene heavy black smoke and the bright glow from the fire could be seen from up to a mile away. The first arriving chief on scene had heavy fire and smoke pushing from the building and immediately requested additional resources on his mutual aid plan to the scene.

Multiple units quickly arrived on scene and began establishing a water supply. Round Lake and East Glenville’s truck companies arrived and began to set up for master stream operations. Firefighters used multiple hand lines to pump water into the windows of the vacant structure. The truck companies went into full master stream operations and quickly began to knock down the heavy fire. As firefighters continued to pommel the building with water, the roof collapsed inwards on the second floor.

Firefighters remained on scene for over one hour conducting master stream operations. Command requested an excavator to the scene to tear the building down, as it was a life safety hazard. The fire is currently under investigation. 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.