The first 2 alarm fire in the City of Schenectady in 2017. Call came in at 1345 about multiple calls of a structure fire in the area of Gerling, Van Vranken, and Florence streets. Leaving station one, Deputy Chief Gerfin saw smoke from the apron and called a 2nd alarm. There were also conflicting reports of people re entering the building to get belongings and pets. Water supply was a problem with temperatures in the upper teens hydrants were frozen and alternatives had to be located meaning longer stretches of supply lines. Lt. Brian Demerest of Truck 1 informed DC Gerfin to have manpower pull out of the building and with air horns sounding operations turned to defensive. The fire was brought under control at 1535.
Schenectady firefighters responded to a house fire at 1052 Parkwood Boulevard after a fire on a porch was reported. Upon arrival of Deputy Chief Dan Mareno a 2nd Alarm was sounded bringing the remainder of city apparatus to the scene as well as Engine 402 from Niskayuna Fire District 1. The crew of Engine 4 was successful in rescuing a woman from a 2nd floor bathroom. She was taken to Albany Medical Center then transferred to the Westerchester Burn Unit. The cause of the fire is suspicious. 3 firefighters suffered minor injuries and were treated at Ellis Hospital and released.
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