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Extreme Temperatures Complicate Firefighting Efforts at Clifton Park (NY) House Fire

Firefighters attack a house fire in Clifton Park

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Firefighters recently responded to a raging dwelling fire in Clifton Park, New York, and area photographer Sidewinder Photography offered some shots and this report from the scene.

The homeowner called in the structure fire and was attempting to make entry back into the home to retrieve the family pets. The firs- arriving police unit on scene had fire through the roof of the home and multiple explosions from the garage area.

The first-arriving Clifton Park chief on scene confirmed he had a working structure fire with heavy fire throughout the structure and requested the Round Lake fire department to the scene. The first-arriving engine laid in i’s bed of hose from the hydrant for water supply. Command requested Jonesville, Hillcrest, Half Moon, Vischer Ferry, Mechanicsville, and the West Crescent fire department to the scene for mutual aid.

Firefighters on scene pulled multiple blitz fires and hand lines off of the engines and started to knock down the heavy fire. Extreme cold temperatures meant that hydrants in the area were frozen. Firefighters had to make due with the minimum water until the tanker box was completed. Firefighters on scene used all available resources to try to bring this fire under control quickly but the weather considerations made it extremely difficult for firefighters to operate on scene.

Firefighters were not allowed to operate near the driveway area as a power line from the home had disconnected and came down and landed in a large pool of water. The well-involved building started to collapse on the B side of the structure and command ordered everyone to operate defensively, and the building’s roof collapsed into the structure.

After minor water issues on scene, a stable water supply was established and firefighters could resume full operations. The fire was brought under control in about 40 minutes. The home was a complete loss and one of the homeowners was transported for minor injuries.

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