OSWEGO, NY – Early Wednesday afternoon, the Oswego Fire Department responded mutual aid to a structure fire on Franklin Avenue in the Town of Oswego.
Chiefs from the Oswego Town VFD arrived on the scene first, reported smoke showing from the roof vents, and requested an engine company respond from the Oswego Fire Department.
OFD’s westside engine company arrived minutes later and worked to locate and extinguish the fire.
Firefighters from the Minetto VFD and Granby VFD were also called to the scene, as well as a second engine company from the city of Oswego, to help fight the blaze.
Crews reported that the fire had spread into void spaces in walls and the attic, making it very labor-intensive and difficult to extinguish.
Officials reported the fire under control after about 45 minutes.
Thanks to the outstanding work of all personnel and departments involved, the home was not a total loss.
Fire officials stated that one person was treated for smoke inhalation by Menter Ambulance and there were no firefighter injuries reported.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
According to Oswego Town VFD’s Facebook page: At 12:30 p.m., the Oswego Town Volunteer Fire Department was alerted for a possible structure fire.
The handicapped resident reported a smoke condition in the kitchen with light smoke in the living room.
All three Oswego Town Chiefs responded. Assistant Chief Kapuscinski arrived first on the scene to a light smoke condition from the ridge vent in the center of the roof.
Chief Herrmann assumed command and Assistant Chief Pritchard assumed operations and Kapuscinski lead interior operations.
Soon after arrival it was determined that there was indeed a fire burning in some wall cavities that had spread to the attic.
Mutual Aid was requested from Oswego City FD (two engines with manpower), Minetto FD (one truck with manpower), Granby Center FD (one engine with manpower), Scriba FD (one engine with manpower), Hannibal FD (one engine for standby), Menter Ambulance (one ambulance to the scene) and Volney FD (one engine on a move-up to cover in Minetto FD).
Menter ambulance arrived quickly and help treat the homeowner for minor smoke inhalation.
Through the joint teamwork of all the firefighters on the scene the fire was extinguished in about 45 minutes.
There were no injuries during the incident.
While there was extensive damage to parts of the home, many parts were able to be completely saved due to the hard work of everyone involved.
Other assistance provided at the scene includes Oswego Mobile Cascade Unit (manned by members of the Mexico FD), University Police and Oswego County Sheriff’s Department. with traffic control, Oswego County Fire Coordinator’s office and members of the Oswego County Cause and Origin Team, National Grid and OCWA.
Oswego Town VFD reports the homeowner is safe and staying with family in the area with the dog also saved from the home.