Structure Fire – 40 Rochester Road (Page #3) - February 13, 2012

On Monday at 4:45 pm, Stations 1, 2 and 3 were dispatched to their second structure fire in as many days.  This structure fire was located at 40 Rochester Road.  First on scene was Deputy Eric Germaine who declared a working fire with heavy smoke showing from the 1 ½ story residential structure and all occupants were out of the building.  Engine 3’s crew, led by new Lieutenant Frank Nye, was the first engine company on scene within 4 ½ minutes, making an aggressive interior attack on the fire located in the kitchen and attic area.  Over 40 Fire Officers and Firefighters worked the incident, containing the fire to the kitchen and attic area.  Once the fire was declared knocked down, Firefighters quickly went into a salvage and overhaul operation trying to save as many of the homeowners belongings as possible.  Thanks to a quick response, with no occupants in the structure, Firefighters were able to immediately concentrate on fire suppression, thus saving the house and the homeowners precious belongings.  Firefighters spent about 2 ½ hours on scene assisting the homeowners with removing mementos and checking for hot spots. No mutual aid fire apparatus was needed for Town coverage, as our Engine 4 and Breaker 29 covered our central station.  No injuries were reported to any occupants or Firefighters. (Photo’s by Retired Chief Bill Harriman)