Structure Fire on Broad Street
By Fire Driver Mark Maroney
October 28, 2022

On Friday, October 28th 2022, at 1911 hours, Potsdam Fire, Potsdam Rescue, and County Car 10 were dispatched to 7 Broad Street for a reported structure fire. At 1912 hours, Engine 49 ( Career Fire Driver J. Robar) responded. While responding, a portable advised it was a confirmed working fire. Engine 49 arrived on scene at 1913 hours and laid large diameter hose from the fire hydrant at Waverly Street and Broad Street to the scene for water supply. At 1916 hours, Engine 48 (Career Fire Driver M. Maroney) responded, followed shortly by Tower 5 (S. Keleher). 36-2 (M. Bradish) arrived on scene and assumed Command. West Stockholm Fire was requested with manpower to the scene.

On scene, firefighters stretched a 1 3/4" hose line off of Engine 49 and attempted to make an interior attack. Additional hose lines was pulled in attempt to stop the spread of the fire. Due to difficult conditions inside of the structure, Tower 5 was placed in the front of residence and extended to the roof to perform vertical ventilation. West Stockholm Fire arrived on scene with manpower and began to work on overhaul and extinguishment on the 2nd floor of the structure. Engine 48 (Career Fire Driver R.Crowe) laid a second large diameter supply line from Leroy and Broad Streets to bring additional water to the scene. Hannawa Falls Fire and Canton Fire also responded to the scene with manpower

During the incident, a civilian vehicle drove over the charged large diameter hose causing a puncture in the hose which could have catastrophically failed at any time during the incident. The owners of the home were not injured but a pet suffered smoke inhalation and burns. Fire Department personnel administered oxygen to the dog using a pet oxygen mask that was previously donated to the department, The cause of the fire is under investigation at the time. Potsdam Rescue provided EMS standby on the scene. Potsdam Fire was in service at 2357 hours.

Units: Engine 49 (J. Robar), Engine 48 (M. Maroney), Tower 5 (S. Keleher), Rescue 30
Mutual Aid: West Stockholm Fire, Hannawa Falls Fire, Canton Fire, Potsdam Rescue