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September 22, 2018

Man Rescued From Rooftop of Burning Building


OSWEGO, NY – Oswego Fire Department units were dispatched to a structure fire at 2:46 p.m. today (Aug. 1) at 183 W. Fifth St.

Initial reports were of a man trapped on a roof and black smoke coming from the house.

Oswego firefighters responded to a blaze at at 183 W. Fifth St. They rescued a man off the roof and then quickly extinguished the fire.

Oswego firefighters responded to a blaze at at 183 W. Fifth St. They rescued a man off the roof and then quickly extinguished the fire. (OFD Photo)

Crews rescued the occupant off of the roof immediately and assisted him to the ground with a ladder.

The man was later transported to Oswego Hospital for an evaluation.

Once the occupant on the roof was rescued, crews forced entry and found active fire in the front hallway which was quickly extinguished.

Other personnel searched the multiple apartments in the building for other victims.

With those searches being negative, crews overhauled the building, looking for concealed fire in the walls and attic.

OFD personnel reported intense heat and smoke throughout the structure, but no fire extension.

The fire was knocked down quickly and overhauling took nearly an hour to ensure it was completely out.

Crews were assisted at the scene by the Oswego Police Department, Oswego County Fire Coordinator OS-600, and the Oswego County Mobile Cascade Unit.

This cascade unit allows firefighters to refill breathing air cylinders at the scene.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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