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Third alarm blaze destroys South End neighborhood in Albany
Heavy fire showing on 4th Street and South Pearl Street City of Albany
Dozens of calls poured in for an alarm fire at 381 S. Pearl St. in the City of Albanyâ€™s South End about three blocks from South Station, where Mayor Kathy Sheehan wanted to close Ladder 1 just one year ago. Arriving units immediately called the Signal 30 with heavy smoke showing from all three stories of the building. Crews had a large rowhouse style building approximately half a city block long with one quarter of the building heavily involved in the rear. The large column of smoke and glow could be seen for miles away. Firefighters immediately made entry ito make sure everyone was out. Shortly after learning that everyone was out, the battalion chief immediately ordered an evac-
JUMP TO FILE #111015100 uation and went into a defensive operation calling for the second alarm. All four of Albany's truck companies went into full truck operations hitting the heavily involved rowhouses with multiple master streams along with multiple engines using their deck guns. Firefighters set up multiple portable deck guns, giving the building a heavy barrage of water. Command requested the third alarm after everything was set up. The rear side of the structure collapsed inward toward the street. Firefighters continued to darken down the heavy fire, trying to pre-
vent it from spreading to more row houses. Firefighters were moved back as command created a collapse zone as a large portion of the building started to fall into the city streets. Multiple mutual aid engines and truck companies from surrounding cities were brought in to assist with calls within the city of Albany. Around 10:30 p.m., the fire was brought under control. Firefighters had a long exhausting night ahead of them hitting hotspots and picking up a large amount of hose. Fire investigators were on scene and were waiting to enter the building to try to determine the cause of the fire. No injuries were reported. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER
Fire Chief Abriel watches as all four truck companies go into master stream operations
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Boght Fire Chief's Kenneth Urquhart and Jake Oreshan.
West Crescent Firefighter Rich Shakerly