2004-02-19 / Other News

Firefighters Quell "All Hands" Fire In Georgetown

Firefighters Quell "All Hands" Fire In Georgetown

Firefighters from 12 companies were called to fight a blaze that erupted on the third floor of the above house on East 69 Street in Georgetown on Wednesday, February 11. The third floor apartment was completely destroyed in the fire but, according to authorities, no one was injured.Firefighters from 12 companies were called to fight a blaze that erupted on the third floor of the above house on East 69 Street in Georgetown on Wednesday, February 11. The third floor apartment was completely destroyed in the fire but, according to authorities, no one was injured.

Twelve units of firefighting trucks and equipment and 60 firefighters were summoned to quell a stubborn fire in a third-floor apartment in Georgetown last week.

According to FDNY spokesman Firefighter Billy Green, fire marshals have been called to investigate the circumstances surrounding the fire’s origin.

Green said dispatchers were advised of the fire at 1239 East 69th Street by phone at about 3:25 p.m. and fire apparatus from Engine Co. 257 and Ladder 170, as well as Battalion 58, were on the scene by 3:29 p.m.

"Additional units were called as the fire was determined to be an ‘all hands’ fire," Green said.


Firefighters throw burned debris from third floor terraceFirefighters throw burned debris from third floor terrace

Firefighters were seen rushing up the stairs of the three-story brick private home, attached to a number of similar houses. Next door neighbors were evacuated from their homes in case the fire spread, but firefighters were able to contain it to the front area of the single apartment.

The spokesman said the fire was considered a "will hold" status at 3:45 p.m. and completely under control three minutes later.

The homeowner was not home at the time of the fire. Green said there were no injuries to firefighters or civilians and, until fire marshals come to a conclusion, the blaze is considered suspicious.

Charles Rogers

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