260 State St. Working Fire
By HFD Newsroom
January 6, 2018

At 20:45 hours Columbia County 911 dispatched Hudson FD for a reported structure fire at 260 State Street in the city. The building is an large multiple dwelling located at the corner of 3rd and State Streets. Arriving units found heavy smoke issuing from the roof of the structure. Mutual aid was requested from Greenport with Engine 25-25 and Heavy Rescue 25-45 as the F.A.S.T. truck as will as Tower Ladder 3-15 and one engine from the Catskill Fire Department.

Interior crews went to work where they found heavy fire above the drop ceilings. Visibility quickly became poor with smoke pushing down from heavy fire conditions in the cockloft.

Drop ceilings were pulled down to reveal the fire above which was extinguished and crews found an additional ceiling constructed of plaster and lath. The crews from Tower 32 and 3-15 provided ventilation from the roof with power saws which allowed the heat, smoke, and fire to escape providing improved working conditions for interior crews.

Mutual aid to the scene was provided by the Greenport, Catskill, Athens, Stottville, Claverack, and Germantown Fire Departments. These firefighters were utilized to assist in the labor intensive task of removing all of the plaster and lath ceilings on the 3rd floor to access pockets of fire that were otherwise inaccessible.

Standing by for Hudson during the incident were the Stottville, Greenport, and Chatham Fire Departments.

By 22:30 hrs the fire had been knocked down with units checking for hot spots.

With temperatures hovering at 2 degrees and high winds this was a difficult and challenging scene.

Hudson Mayor Ric Rector was on the scene along with Hudson Police Department and their Code Enforcement Officer Craig Haigh, Department of Public Works Foreman Ron Gaylord, and City of Hudson Water Department crews.

Hudson Police Department Fire Investigations Team, Detectives, and Uniformed members were at the scene assisting as well.

The Incident Commander was Chief of Department Anthony DeMarco Jr., Operations Manager Chief John Onufrichuck from the Greenport Fire District, Interior Operations were directed by Assistant Chief Nicholas Pierro with tactical operations overseen by Captain Rodney E. Pulver and Captain Michael McCrady.

Two Greenport Firefighters were injured and one Hudson Firefighter suffered a medical emergency at the scene. All were transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital by Paramedic units from the Greenport Rescue Squad.

Fire damage was confined to the 3rd floor and cockoft with smoke damage to the 3rd floor and water damage to the 1st and second floors.

Units: All Hudson Units
Mutual Aid: Greenport, Catskill, Athens, Claverack, Stottville, Germantown. Standby coverage provided by Stottville, Greenport, and Chatham.
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Cynthia Kilmer January 07, 2018 at 10:17 AM
Wow! Fighting a fire in this weather must have been brutal.Great job as usual!! God bless you all

Bart Delaney January 07, 2018 at 12:28 PM
Great job guys...as aslways