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Just after 11pm, Rensselaer County Communications Dispatcher 12 struck Box 4211 for a reported structure fire on West Sand Lake Rd in Wynantskill. Departments assigned on the first alarm were Wynantskill, Defreestville and North Greenbush Ambulance. Upon arrival, Wynantskill Command reported a Signal 30 working fire. Wynatskill firefighters responded with Engine 42-6/7, Truck 42, and Rescue 42. Defreestville firefighters responded with Engines 9-6, 9-7, 9-2; as well as First Response 9. Crews went to work, but the fire spread rapidly. The ground floor was a former tavern, and was cluttered with debris. A 2nd alarm, and eventually a 3rd alarm was eventually called, which brought Eagle Mills, Mountain View, and Poestenkill to the scene. West Sand Lake was special called for the rehab unit and Clinton Heights for a FAST team. Battallion 30 and Fire Cars 1 and 2 also responded. The fire was deep seated, and firefighters were hampered by an on-going lightening storm that forced cessation of tower operations for periods. Firefighters were on scene for approximately 6 hours knocking the fire down, as well as extensive overhaul. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Center Brunswick Fire, Mountain View Fire, and Mohawk Ambulance were alerted at 00:10 this morning for a reported structure fire on Lake Hill Rd. Upon arrival, Command transmitted the 2nd alarm for a working bedroom fire, requesting Eagle Mills, Raymertown and Speigletown Fire Departments to the scene. However, these departments were held in quarters as the first alarm assignment made quick work of the fire and declared it knocked down with overhaul in progress at 00:22. Fire investigators were called to the scene to determine the cause.
“Upon arrival we had an individual who had taken a heroin overdose, firefighters who are also trained as paramedics were able to get him inside of an ambulance and treat the man with a Narcan which reverses the heroin overdose,” said Garrett. “They were successful, but he became combative. He stabbed one of our paramedics with a needle or lancet.”
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For the second time in as many days, Rensselaer County had a large brush fire requiring the response of multiple departments despite the statewide outdoor burning ban. Valley Falls fire was initially dispatched to the area of Melrose-Valley Falls Rd and East Schaghticoke Rd. Upon arrival, Command requested Melrose Fire for Brush 20, ATV 20, and an Engine. Schaghticoke Fire responded their Brush 30. Engine 252, Squad 25 and ATV 25 were requested from Pittstown Fire. Rensselaer County Fire Car 4 also responded to the scene. Pleasantdale Fire provided a cover assignment. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
At 14:51 this afternoon, Defreestville Fire was requested to the area of Mammoth Springs Road to investigate an outside smoke condition. Car 2, Brush 9 and 9-6 responded on the initial assignment. A few minutes later, Best-Luther Fire was dispatched to a brush fire off Best Road in the area of Werking Road. After investigating, Defreestville Car 2 reported a large smoke column, and determined they were the same fire. Best Luther’s 3-1 went on location with a large brush fire and requested the Defreestville units continue in mutual aid. 9-7 was requested for additional water, as well as additional brush trucks and Engine Tankers from Clinton Heights, East Greenbush, East Schodack, and West Sand Lake. A NYS DEC Forest Ranger responded to the scene and determined that approximately 5 acres was on fire. Crews went to work creating fire breaks and extinguishing the fire with numerous hand lines and Indian Tanks. Firefighters were on location working for approximately 4 hours controlling the burn. Averill Park Fire provided a cover assignment. One firefighter was transported to the hospital. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but numerous beer cans were found around a bonfire site despite the statewide outdoor burn ban.
Troy Fire Alarm sounded an Alarm of Fire for Box 142 at 20:14 this evening for a reported bedroom fire at a residence on 3rd Avenue. Units responding on the initial alarm were Engines 1, 4, 2; Truck 2; the Rescue Squad; Medic 4; and Car 3. Police in the area reported heavy smoke and fire, so Car 3 requested a 2nd alarm. This requested Engine 6 and Engine 2 to the scene, and requested Engine 3 to move up. Upon arrival, Car 3 reported a 2 story wood frame duplex with smoke from the rear of the left apartment. Engine 1 advanced an inch and three-quarter line and found fire in the bedroom, which was knocked down within minutes. The occupants had evacuated, and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
At approximately 01:58 this morning, Wynantskill Fire, Defreestville Fire, East Greenbush Fire and North Greenbush Ambulance were alerted to a reported residential structure fire on Bellemeade St by Rensselaer County Communications Dispatcher 9. (East Greenbush was automatically added to the box for their Truck 11, as Wynantskill’s ladder truck is out of service.) Upon arrival, Wynantskill Car 2 confirmed a fully involved structure and requested a redispatch of the initial alarm, as well as National Grid to the scene for a live primary wire down in front of the residence. Crews went to work, and the bulk of the fire was declared knocked down at 02:09. Overhaul began shortly thereafter. East Greenbush’s Truck 11 was canceled enroute as the tower ladder was not needed, but Poestenkill and Mountain View were special called to the scene to assist. Fire Car 1 and Fire Car 2 with Fire Investigation Unit 60 responded to the scene at the request of command to determine the cause of the fire. North Greenbush Ambulance transported 1 patient to Albany Medical Center, and requested Mohawk Ambulance to the scene to continue the standby, however they were tasked with transporting a patient. Sand Lake Ambulance responded to take over standby duties. WNYT is reporting that 5 people were transported to the hospital in total.
A re-kindle of the fire was reported at 7:49 this morning, but Wynantskill Car 2 held the assignment to 42-6 only.
At approximately 1930 this evening, Rensselaer County Communications alerted Hoosick Fire, Pittstown Fire and Town of Hoosick ambulance on Box 1620 with multiple callers reporting a structure fire on Brenenstuhl Rd. Hoosick Car 1 went enroute, and upon arrival Command declared a signal 30 working fire in a mobile home and immediately upgraded to a 2nd alarm. All occupants were reported out and accounted for. Hoosick’s 166 was the first due engine, and was ordered to lay in and set up a portable pond. 167 was the 2nd due engine, and was ordered to supply 166 with water. Pittstown was 3rd due on the 1st alarm, and apparatus from North Hoosick Fire, Hoosick Falls Fire, Pittstown EMS and Mohawk EMS responded on the 2nd alarm. Battalion 51 and Fire Car 1 also responded to the scene. Petersburgh Fire and Raymertown Fire provided cover assignments. The fire was declared under control, with overhaul in progress at 19:55. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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