Fire Damages East Side Oswego Home

Fire struck at 160 E. Fourth St., Oswego Monday.

Fire struck at 160 E. Fourth St., Oswego Monday. (OFD Photo)

Fire struck at 160 E. Fourth St., Oswego Monday.
Fire struck at 160 E. Fourth St., Oswego Monday. (OFD Photo)

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego Fire Department was dispatched at 6:40 p.m. Monday to a residential structure fire located at 160 E. Fourth St.

Neighbors reported flames and black smoke billowing from the home. (OFD Photo)
Neighbors reported flames and black smoke billowing from the home. (OFD Photo)

This fire was in a 2-story, single-family dwelling, with neighboring homes just a few feet away.

The fire was reported to 911 from several neighbors, stating that flames and black smoke could be seen billowing from the home.

The incident commander arrived on the scene at 6:43 p.m. and communicated to the responding units the location of the closest hydrant and that this was in fact a working fire.

The ladder truck company and engine company both also arrived on the scene at 6:43 p.m. and went to work stretching hoselines.

Firefighters made entry with the hoseline, located the seat of the fire in a room on the first floor, and quickly knocked down the bulk of the fire.

Other personnel searched the structure for trapped victims, and worked to ventilate the thick smoke and high heat from the building.

Firefighters removed wall and ceiling material to expose hot spots, and the fire was declared under control at 7:04 p.m.

The residents were home at the time of the fire, and were able to escape the home without injury.

According to fire officials, two adults and one child live in the residence and are being assisted by the American Red Cross at this time.

“No firefighter injuries were reported, and our firefighters did a tremendous job extinguishing the fire before it was able to grow out of control and possibly destroy the home and contents,” according to Fire Chief Jeff McCrobie. “There is a significant amount of radiant heat and smoke damage, however the fire damage was contained to just one room and an exterior porch.”

No word on the cause of the fire at this time, however it does not appear to be suspicious in nature, according to fire officials.

Special thanks to those who assisted at the scene from the County Coordinator’s office, Menter Ambulance, Oswego Police Department, and the American Red Cross.

All units were back in service at 10:04 p.m.

It is unknown at this time if the residence had working smoke alarms.

The chief reminds residents to please check their homes for working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

“A fire like this in the middle of the night without working smoke alarms to awake the residents can have a far worse outcome,” he said.


  1. Is this another rental property?? How many do we have now boarded up and nothing being done. Hopefully the family that owns this one will take care of it since it is so close to the business. But shouldn’t something be done with all the others? How do you clean up neighborhoods with eyesores like them next to you?

  2. My mother told me that the owners were telling her and other people that they lost everything and had nothing but the clothes on there back. How can this be true. If the fire was only to the back side of the house contained to one or 2 back rooms and was put out in about 20 or 30 minutes. Its says in the article there was a lot of smoke damage. A cleaning company can come in and clean and there are clothes washers and dryers. The owners also said they had no homeowners insurance, Really? Don’t get me wrong, I feel sorry for anyone that has a fire or anything so horrible as that happen to them but, its sounds like something fishy is going on here. I have to wonder how many other people were told by the owner that “we lost everything and have nothing but the clothes on our backs”. Thank God for the Red Cross.

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