Crews Respond to Fatal Schaghticoke (NY) Structure Fire

Firefighters train hosestreams through the windows of a burning residence


Sidewinder Photography shared some photos from the scene of a fire that claimed the life of one resident in Schaighticoke, New York.

On November 4, Schaghticoke, Hoosic Valley, Melrose, and Johnsonville firefighters responded for a reported structure fire with a report of entrapment.  A Hoosic Valley Ambulance arrived on scene within one minute of the dispatch and attempted to make entry, but were repelled by heavy fire. Subsequently arriving firefighters then made entry to search for the victim.  While firefighters were making entry into the building, power lines fell off and landed on Engine 30-1. With heavy fire pushing throughout the building, command pulled all of the crews working inside for safety reasons.

Crews again tried to make entry later in the incident but could not do so because of structural collapse. Firefighters from multiple departments stayed on scene for more than 18 hours while the Rensselaer County Fire Investigation Team and the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control conducted the investigation and recovery of the victim. Unfortunately, the victim trapped in the building did not survive.



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