Update 3:45 p.m. – Murray Street Fire
The Oswego City Fire Department responded to the reported structure fire at 10:38 a.m. today (Jan. 20) at 37 Murray St., on the southwest side of Oswego.
Units arriving three minutes later reported heavy smoke and fire emitting from the two-family structure.
As of around 3:30 p.m., the fire was knocked down, leaving major structural damage to the property.
Oswego firefighters were hampered by a fast-moving fire that had a headstart.
Crews entered through the back of the structure but were forced out about 10 minutes later do the heavy smoke and volume of fire.
One adult male occupant escaped on his own, and the second unit was unoccupied.
“As our firefighters attacked the blaze from the exterior, the second floor collapsed,” Lt. Paul Conzone said. “No injuries were reported.”
“This fire was difficult to fight and posed many challenges from the beginning; moving rapidly through the older style construction of the structure, four fire hydrants being frozen as well as the electrical service cable popping from the residence causing a difficult and dangerous obstacle for the responders,” Chief Jeffrey McCrobie said.
OFD personnel remain on the scene at this afternoon putting out hotspots.
“The structure is a total loss and is considered unsafe at this time. We expect that demolition will take place as soon as possible,” Conzone added.
The home is a total loss, the chief agreed.
The Oswego Fire Department was assisted at the scene by the Oswego Police Department, Oswego DPW, National Grid, the Oswego County Fire Coordinator’s Office and the Oswego County Mobile Cascade Unit.
Special thanks to Centro for providing a warm bus at the scene!