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Kitchen Fire Damages City of Albany Structure

By JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER, Senior Correspondent | November 30, 2020 | NEW YORK

Story No. 120720111

Albany, NY - On November 30th at 11:30 A.M., the City of Albany’s Fire Department was dispatched for a reported structure fire at 179 North Allen Street. Multiple callers reported smoke coming from the second floor.

As units were en route, Engine 7 arrived on scene and declared a Signal 30 for a working structure fire. Truck 3 immediately set up in the middle of the roadway and put its ladder to the second-story windows of the structure. Firefighters made entry to the second floor where they encountered a heavy smoke condition. As firefighters pushed their way further into the apartment they discovered they had a heavily involved kitchen fire with extension into the third floor of the structure.

As crews made their way to the seat of the fire, heavy fire pushed out from the 'Charlie' side of the windows of the second floor. Firefighters on the second floor notified incoming crews that part of the floor had already burned through and to use caution. Firefighters immediately began to knock down the heavy fire conditions on the second floor.

An additional truck company arrived on scene and firefighters began to assist with extending an additional hose line to the third-floor. Firefighters from the truck company took out the front attic vent on the building and heavy smoke pushed out of the building. Firefighters made their way up to the third-floor and knocked down any fire that had extended into that area.

Crews on scene notified command that all of the heavy fire was knocked down and they were conducting heavy overhaul on the second and third floors of the structure. The City of Albany's fire investigators were contacted and requested to the scene. Firefighters conducted heavy overhaul on scene and extinguished hot spots in the roof line, second and third floors for over 40 minutes.

The structure sustained heavy amounts of fire damage on the second floor along with heavy water damage on the first floor and basement. No firefighters were injured on scene. The Red Cross was contacted to assist the occupants of the building. The fire is currently under investigation.

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