Sidewinder Photography shared some photos of a recent fire that resulted in collapse of a balloon-frame structure in the city of Cohoes, New York.
The fire-arriving police unit in the area of this fire reported heavy fire pushing from a three-story ballon frame structure and started to help evacuate the residents from the home. The first-arriving engine on scene immediately declared the signal 30 and transmitted the third alarm.
Command had a three-story multi occupancy dwelling with heavy fire pushing from the second and third floor of the building with multiple exposure issues on each side. Tght, narrow city streets it made it very difficult to get apparatus down to where the area of the fire was without placing them in danger of the collapse zone.
Firefighter set up multiple master streams and portable deck guns and started to try to knock down the heavy fire. Firefighters grabbed multiple handlines and brought them down the alleyway to try to knock down the heavy fire in the rear of the building. The glow from the fire and heavy smoke could be seen as far as the city of Troy.
As firefighters were working to try to bring the fire under control, a collapse occurred of the B, C, and D sides of the building. On the Delta side of the building the wall collapsed onto a neighboring house, and firefighters quickly grabbed multiple lines and started to knock down the fire before could spread to the house. A large part of the building landed on the B side of the building and firefighters that were working in the alley between the buildings were able to scramble out of the way and were not injured.
Firefighters from the city of Troy, Albany, Green Island, Watervliet Arsenal, Watervliet, and Cohoes battled the fire until the early hours of the morning. Neighbors helped comfort the families from the home and gave them blankets to try to stay warm as they made it out with nothing but the clothes on their back.
No firefighters were injured on scene and all the residents made it out safely. The home was a total loss and two other properties sustained damaged from the collapse of the main fire building. The fire is currently under investigation at this time.