Village Hall was destroyed by a four-alarm structure fire on August 7, 2017. The official press release is reprinted below.
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At 1810 hours on Monday, August 7. 2017, County 911 received an automatic fire alarm from Village Hall. At 1811 hours County 911 received a telephone call from Village Hall reporting smoke on the second floor of the building. Box 422 was transmitted at 1811 hours for a reported structure fire and assigned on the first alarm were BFD Engines 1, 3 and 5, Ladders 2 and 5, the Rescue Company, Medic 1 and Battalion Chiefs 2 and 5.
Engine 1 and the Rescue arrived at 1813 hours. Engine 1 established command and reported smoke showing from a 90x40 two story type 3 structure. Members of Engine 1 and the Rescue initiated an interior attack with a 2½-inch line.
Battalion 5 arrived at 1818 hours, assumed command and requested a second alarm at 1819 hours. Box 22-422 was transmitted at 1820 hours dispatching Engines 2 and 4 and Ladder 1 as well as the Rehabilitation Air Light and Foam Unit (RALF)and Medic 3. Car 1 also responded.
Upon his arrival at 1825, Car 1/Chief of Department assumed command and ordered a recall of an off-duty platoon as well as the activation of the mutual aid plan for a third alarm. Box 33-422 was transmitted dispatching Engine 6 with recall personnel as well as Community Fire Department Engine 2, Truck 9 and Car 72. BFD recall personnel also staffed Reserved Engines 11, 12, 13, 14 and Reserve Ladder 3, which covered stations 1, 2, 3 and 5.
Fire conditions steadily worsened. It was discovered that the fire had originated in a basement space and travelled through voids to the second floor and the attic. A partial collapse of a section of roof occurred at 1842 hours. Command ordered all personnel out of the building and a change to defensive operations. A personnel accountability report (PAR) was ordered. Before this was completed there was a further collapse of the roof as well as a partial interior collapse. Three members from Engine 1 still were in the structure when this occurred.
The Lieutenant of Engine 1 transmitted a MAYDAY and reported that he and two of his crew were trapped in the main stairwell between the first and second floors. The Rapid Intervention Team was assigned on the MAYDAY. Members of Engine 5 and the Rescue Company, who had just exited the building and were on the front steps when the MAYDAY was transmitted, reentered the building and removed the trapped members of Engine 3 with the Rapid Intervention Team. All three trapped members were transported by BFD medic units to Albany Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
Command then requested a fourth alarm at 1850. Box 44-422 was transmitted dispatching Community Fire Department Engine 3, Greenfield Tower 14 and Parkville Engine 36. Ladders 2 and 5 along with Community Ladder 9 set up ladder pipes on the A side of the structure. Ladder 1 operated its ladder pipe on the C/D corner of the structure and Greenfield Tower 14 set up at the B/C corner of the structure upon arrival. Engine 1 also placed its deck gun in service. Special calls followed for an Medic 5 as well Engine 11 and the Fire Investigation Unit.
At 1924 a complete collapse of the roof and clock tower occurred. At 2002 hours Command declared the fire knocked down. At 2105 hours Command began to release units. First alarm companies remained on scene until 0732 hours on Tuesday, August 8.
A total of 90 firefighters fought this fire with 17 pieces of fire apparatus, 10 engines, four aerials, one tower ladder and two rescues. This was the largest incident handled by the BDF so far in 2017. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. *****END******