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Saturday Evening Fire
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By Chief Avery Scott
October 30, 2016

At 6:46pm, Saturday evening, South Salem, along with automatic aid from Croton Falls FD, was dispatched to a residence on Chapel Ct. for a reported chimney fire. Car 2453 arrived on scene and immediately requested the assignment for a structure fire (10-75), which brought in additional mutual aid units. Car 2451 arrived on scene, reported a 60x50, two story, wood frame, with fire showing from the chimney box and assumed "Chapel Ct. Command". Engine 167 and Ladder 67 arrived almost simultaniously with the engine crew quickly stretching a line up into the attic and the ladder going to the chimney. As the fire in the chimney box and attic were being extinguished, the ladder crew began extinguishing the exterior fire and opening up the chimney, while another crew went to the basement to check for extension. The incident was placed under control after a short time as crews began overhauling and packing up.

The Westchester County Cause and Origin Team responded and determined that the fire was accidental in nature and was a result of failure of the chimney complex.

As we are now in the fall season and quickly approaching winter we'd like to take this opportunity to remind our residents, that if they haven't done so already, to have their chimney and fireplace inspected and cleaned by a professional.

Units: 2451, 2453, E167, T2, R21 Croton Falls-2071, 2072, 2073, L67, T8
Mutual Aid: BHFD TL57 (FAST), GBFD 2142, T1, LVAC, WEMS. VFD 141, T4 (standby)
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