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Heavy Fire Destroys Garage & Severely Damages Home in Colonie

By JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER, Senior Correspondent | July 04, 2019 | NEW YORK

Story No. 070819127

Colonie, NY - On July 4th at 10:37 P.M., the Maplewood FD along with the Latham, Boght and Schuyler Hights Fire Departments responded to 8 Marne Street for multiple calls reporting a garage fire.

The first arriving chief on scene had a heavily involved garage fire that had spread to the house as well as a car in the driveway. Command called for the Signal 30, prompting the dispatcher to start the town of Colonie's fire services and air bank to the scene. Command advised that all occupants of the home were accounted for out front and then requested the first engine to hit the hydrant and lay in.

The first arriving engine crew pulled multiple hand lines and started to knock down the heavy fire, but flames had already spread to the second floor and into the attic area. With heavy fire pushing from the roof, command had the second engine's pump operator hop on the deck gun of Engine 419 and start to put water on the fire.

After knocking down all of the heavy fire, crews made their way to the second floor and began hitting hot spots and overhauling the scene. Firefighters worked tirelessly and were able to bring the blaze under control within 30 minutes.

The house suffered extensive damage while the garage was deemed a total loss. The homeowners' vehicles were also damaged by the fire. No firefighters or residents sustained any injuries, and 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.