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Work Shed Destroyed by Fire in Coeymans Hollow, Cat Perishes

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A work shed went up in flames and spread to nearby brush at a home in Coeymans Hollow.

Fire crews were dispatched to 26 Sunburn Ln at 12:55 p.m. on Saturday, November 5, for a report of a structure fire.

A neighbor saw the fire and alerted the homeowners, who then called 911.

Chief Bill Kapusta of the Coeymans Hollow Fire Department arrived on the scene to an approximately 25 x 50 foot work shed that had heavy fire with a brush fire starting to spread in two different directions as well.

There was another out-building as well as the house approximately 100 feet away from the fire, according to Kapusta, with the brush fire headed towards the neighbors home 400 feet away.

He says the first arriving truck pulled two handlines and quickly began attacking the fire.

“One hit the brush fire really quick and stop it from spreading while the other one made an attack on the building,” Kapusta said. “The fire was knocked down inside pretty quickly, but overhaul took a while.”

The building was a wood-working building, which Kapusta says contained various pieces of equipment.

“There was a loft with a bunch of different sized lumber, woodworking equipment, table saws, bandsaws, big things like that inside,” Kapusta said.

He says a portion of the building had a UTV, lawn tractor, a propane tank and some other equipment which he says made the overhaul and fire suppression efforts take a little longer.

Kapusta says they believe the fire was caused by the lawnmower being put away and was still hot with leaves that may have built up underneath, sparking the fire.

Coeymans Hollow, Onesquethaw and New Baltimore fire departments were assisted on scene by Albany County Sheriff’s, Albany County Paramedics and Ravena Rescue.

Kapusta says the initial fire was knocked down in five minutes but crews remained on scene for the overhaul process lasting approximately one hour.

He says crews did switch over to using Class A Foam to help knock down the remainder of fire during the overhaul process, using approximately 5 or ten gallons of foam.

One cat did perish and was found outside on the lawn by firefighters, Kapusta said.

There were no injuries reported on the scene.

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THOMAS MARRA Correspondent

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