Photo and incident report by Sidewinder Photography
The Watervliet (NY) Fire Department responded to 350 3rd Ave. for a reported structure fire.
On arrival, crews had a heavily involved 2 1/2-story balloon frame construction home with heavy fire pushing from the rear of the building. Command called for the signal 30 and the second alarm, bringing additional resources into the city, including Watervliet Arsenal, Cohoes, Green Island, Troy, and the city of Albany.
Firefighters pulled multiple handlines into the front of the structure, making their way to the second floor where they made an aggressive push to knock down the fire. The city of Troy’s Engine 4 took the rear the building deploying multiple lines to assist with suppression of the heavy fire.
While inside, crews were pulled from the building as conditions changed rapidly as violent turbulent smoke poured from the structure windows and roof line. Firefighters took up a defensive position on the fire for a short time and made entry back into the structure, knocking down the heavy fire.
Crews were on scene until the early hours of the morning conducting heavy overhaul of the severely damaged buildings. The exposure building suffered minor damage from the fire. There is no status on the residents of the fire building and the fire is under investigation at this time by the Watervliet Police Department.