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Firefighters In Wilton Arrive To A Well Involved House Fire

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

On November 5, 2023, at 1:45 PM, the Wilton Fire Department and Saratoga Springs Fire Department along with Wilton Emergency Medical Services was dispatched to 29 Greylock Drive. The dispatcher reported they had multiple calls reporting a fire on the second floor and the house was being evacuated. The first chief called in route to the scene immediately transmitted the second alarm. As the first arriving chief pulled up on scene, the chief notified the dispatcher he had heavy fire showing from the second-floor windows and heavy smoke pushing from the eaves in the roof with twenty-five precent involvement. Command requested mutual aid from the Greenfield Center Fire Department and Gansevoort Fire Department to the scene.

The first arriving engine on scene immediately deployed an inch and three-quarter hand line to the front of the structure and an additional hand line to the rear of the structure. As firefighters were deploying the hand line to the front of the structure heavy fire blew through the roof of the building. The next arriving engine company grabbed the nearby fire hydrant near the neighbor's house and connected to the first due engine company. The first due truck company immediately took the driveway and set up their ladder. With heavy fire throughout the second floor of the structure spreading to the first floor, firefighters went into defensive operations deploying a blitz fire and utilizing a deck gun from the first engine company.

As additional units were arriving, another engine company deployed their large diameter hose down the roadway creating a second water supply for the scene. With heavy fire still blowing through the roof of the structure, command had the truck company go to work in knocking down the heavy fire condition with their master streams. Command was able to determine everybody was out of the structure and accounted for. Command requested national grid to the scene to secure the power to the home and Saratoga County Fire investigators to the scene to determine the cause of the fire. Firefighters on scene due to the heavy fire load remained in master stream operation for a short period of time. After the heavy fire was knocked down, crews made their way inside the house and begin to hit the remaining hot spots. Firefighters used caution and made their way to the second floor of the house where they still had fire popping up in the original area of the fire.

Firefighters on the exterior portion of the structure utilized a pike pole and made a hole in the side of the severely damaged home and crews utilized a hand line and knocked down the flareup. Firefighters on the second floor continued to conduct extensive overhaul. Firefighters on the roof of the garage vented the building to release the superheated gases and smoke. Firefighters remain on scene for an extended period of time until the late afternoon hours. No injuries were reported. The fire is under investigation at this time by the Saratoga County Fire investigators. 

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