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City of Troy Fire Department Handles Two Major Incidents While Police Handle A Shots Fired Incident

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November 11, 2022 | 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.

Troy, NY - On November 11, 2022, at 2:24PM the Rensselaer County Emergency Communication Center began taking multiple calls for reports of a fight in progress. The callers reported eight people beating on one individual. As soon as the call was finished being dispatched, multiple calls for of shots fired in the area of fifth Avenue and 102nd Street began to pour in. Over the last few days, this area has had a significant uptick in gun violence including a gun recovered from a shot's fired incident.

Zones four, three, and two all began to respond to the area. Police unit 627 called out in the area and notified the dispatcher that he was receiving information that there were shots fired, and a group of individuals took off down the alleyway. Police received information that a newer model BMW was seen leaving the incident heading in a southbound direction. As multiple units arrived on scene, they discovered over a half a dozen shell casings on the ground. Police shut down 102nd Street between fifth and sixth Avenue. Evidence technicians and detectives began to arrive on scene and collect evidence from the incident. After further inspection of the scene, they discovered one house was damaged by a projectile. Police learned that there was a fight at the Titanic market between a group of young individuals and the attacked individual pulled a firearm and discharged it in the direction of the individuals that attacked him.

As the police department was working the scene to finish securing evidence, the city of Troy‘s Fire Department was being dispatched to Monroe Street and E. Industrial Parkway for a reported propane tank leak. The caller reported the propane tank was being moved and it was dropped, and the valve became sheared off and was actively leaking in the construction yard. Engine Six arrived on scene and notified the dispatcher that they had a heavy vapor cloud of propane and a large propane cylinder actively leaking. Engine three, truck two, the rescue squad, Rensselaer County Hazmat, medic four and the battalion chief all began to arrive on scene. Engine six connected to the nearest hydrant away from the buildings and the large vapor cloud.

Firefighters deployed a 2 1/2-inch hand line into the construction yard and set up a staging area in the roadway away from the incident. As firefighters were evaluating the situation, a very large vapor cloud began to consume the entire construction yard and began to push out onto E. Industrial Parkway. The battalion chief declared a signal thirty for a working incident and additional resources began to arrive on scene along with a police unit to shut down the roadway. Firefighters utilized a fog pattern to disperse the vapor cloud that was coming towards the firefighters. Firefighters also utilized air metering devices to make sure that the area where apparatus and additional firefighters were staging was safe.

Firefighters drove around the neighborhood in South Troy with a metering device to make sure that there were no explosive levels of propane present. Firefighters on scene discovered a neighbor burning leaves in a burn barrel a block away from the scene and had the individual extinguished the fire. A heavy odor of propane blanketed the south Troy area for an extended period of time. As firefighters were operating on scene getting the incident under control, multiple calls began to ring into the Rensselaer County Emergency Communication Center for a reported structure fire at the intersection of Fourth Street and State Street. Multiple callers reported a fire on the fourth floor of the building.

As engine two was heading to the scene they had a large column of smoke showing from the distance. Additional units quickly began to free up from the propane leak and raced towards the scene. As the battalion chief was in route to the scene, he immediately declared a second alarm bringing the Watervliet Arsenal Fire Department, and the City of Albany’s Fire Department to the scene. Engine two arrived on scene and had heavy smoke showing from the fourth floor and firefighters began to stretch an inch and three-quarter hand line up the staircase on the side of the building. Truck one arrived on scene and immediately took the front of the building and deployed their bucket to the roof.

With two major incidents occurring in the city of Troy multiple additional battalion chiefs were brought in to assist. Firefighters made their way to the fourth floor and additional firefighters made their way to the front of the building and deployed a garden lay up to the fourth floor of the building from the front of the structure. Firefighters on the fourth floor had a heavy smoke condition with a heavy fire condition in the center of the building. Firefighters immediately began to conduct a aggressive interior attack on the fire. Firefighters from the truck company began to vent the roof of the structure. Thick heavy black smoke pushed out of a skylight that had burned through. Firefighters from the Watervliet Arsenal’s truck company took a position in the rear of the structure and began to cut one of the gates on the structure that was preventing easy access to the street. Firefighters on the fourth floor conducted horizontal ventilation of the windows in the front of the structure inside of the structure sending glass showering down to the sidewalk below.

Additional resources from the city of Albany arrived on scene to assist firefighters on scene. Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control in less than 15 minutes. The fire was contained to the fourth floor of the building. The building was under construction and undergoing a remodel. Firefighters remained on scene for an extended period of time conducting overhaul on the fourth floor. Floors below the fire suffered smoke and water damage. Firefighters that remained at the propane leak were able to bring the incident under control about one hour later. That incident was deemed accidental. The fire is under investigation at this time to determine the cause. No injuries were reported.

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