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September 21, 2018

Fire Strikes Downtown Oswego Building


OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego Fire Department responded to a fire at the Buckhout Building, 7 W. Bridge St., Sunday night. The large building downtown has multiple mixed occupancies.

The OFD arrived quickly and contained it to the area of origin.

They had received a call for “possible structure fire at the former King Arthur’s Steakhouse.” There were multiple calls for smoke coming from the building.

Firefighters arrived to find smoke condition in basement of the building below Murdock’s Bike Shop and smoke pushing from basement window.

They located fire in the window frame between the window and the plywood covering it.

Firefighters removed the plywood, window and interior covering and extinguished fire.

They ventilated the basement and first floor of the bike shop with electric PPV and gas PPV fans; a  new sheet of plywood was cut to secure the window and basement.

The bike shop owner and Anthony Pauldine, building owner, were on the scene.

Firefighters located and extinguished the flames in five minutes. They were on the scene for 45 minutes.

According to OFD, the cause is under investigation, but appears to be accidental, from someone either leaving a cigarette butt on the window ledge or disposing of one in the window sill.

No injuries were reported.

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