Last week, firefighters responded to a row house fire in Albany, New York, that necessitated the rescue of several residents. Sidewinder Photography shared some shots from the scene of the fire, as well as the incident report below.
The City of Albany’s Fire Department responded for an alarm fire at 526 Clinton Avenue with possible entrapment. Engine 1 (E1), the first- arriving engine on scene, called the signal 30 with heavy fire showing from the second floor with occupants trapped in the building. Firefighters had a row house-style building with multiple structures close to each other. Firefighters from E1 quickly deployed a handline into the structure and went to work rescuing the trapped residents in the home. Firefighters were able to remove the residents quickly and immediately administered care.
Albany Police Department helped firefighters contain the scene and keep the crowds back. E1 ran out of water and crews were forced from the building while a fire hydrant could be established. As soon as crews made it out of the structure, power lines came down in front of the building; command requested national grid to the scene as quick as possible and called for the second alarm. As soon as the power was secured, firefighters made it back into the structure and made an aggressive interior attack, knocking down the heavy fire and preventing it from jumping to any adjacent buildings.
Firefighters made entry into the D side exposure and quickly checked the second floor, only discovering smoke in the attic. Firefighters quickly vented the building and discovered that they did not have any fire but pulled a precautionary handline to protect D exposure. Firefighters had damage to the structure on the B side but were able to keep it to a minimum, preventing it from going inside the structure. Firefighters were on scene for about one and half hours and were able to bring the fire under control with no injuries to firefighters. Firefighters on scene had to conduct heavy overhaul to the main fire building.
One resident from the fire building was brought to a local hospital to be evaluated for smoking inhalation. The fire is currently being investigated at this time by the Albany Fire Department. The main fire building is a total loss.