Quick Knockdown of Fire on Sissonville Road
By Fire Driver Mark Maroney
April 27, 2022

On Wednesday, April 27th 2022 at 0703 hours, Potsdam Fire and Norwood Fire were alerted for a house fire with smoke coming from the eaves at 536 Sissonville Road. 36-3 (Dan McGregor) responded at the time of alarm. Central Dispatch advised 36-3 that it was unknown if occupants were still inside of the structure. At 0708 hours, Engine 80 (J. Keleher) responded, shortly followed by Tanker 100 (J. Corbett). 36-3 arrived on scene and confirmed a working structure fire. 36-3 requested West Stockholm Fire and West Potsdam Fire with tankers and manpower to the scene. Engine 80 arrived on scene at 0712 hours, and firefighters quickly stretched an 1 3/4" hose line thru the front door and knocked down the bulk of fire. Engine 80 laid large diameter hose to the road where Tanker 100 connected, and a water supply was established.

Engine 48 (Fire Driver J. Robar) responded to the Hewitville Bridge and established draft at the dry hydrant to fill tankers. Firefighters on scene began to overhaul and pull ceilings to extinguish the remaining fire. A vent hole was cut in the roof to remove the smoke and heat from building. Exhaust fans were positioned in the windows to draw the remaining smoke out of the structure. Canton Fire was placed on standby at Potsdam Station and ended up running a fire alarm activation with Engine 49 at Clarkson University, Walker Arena.

No one was home at the time of the fire and the fire is being investigated by the St. Lawrence County Fire Investigation Team. Potsdam Fire was in service at 1245 hours.

Units: Engine 80 (J. Keleher), Tanker 100 (J. Corbett), Engine 48 (J. Robar)
Mutual Aid: Norwood Fire, West Stockholm Fire, West Potsdam Fire, Canton Fire