Elderly brothers escape Montgomery County fire

March 21, 2017 01:24 PM

FLORIDA, N.Y. - Two elderly brothers escaped a fire early Tuesday morning in Montgomery County. By the time firefighters arrived, cold temperatures and winds worked against them.

As the call went out just before 5:30 in the morning, it was a scramble for volunteers to get to the spot on Mohr Road near McDougall Road in the Town of Florida. However, there was no saving the two-story farmhouse and adjacent barn.

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"The heat was so intense, it was pushing us back,” said Les Bramer, the assistant chief with the Florida Fire Department. "Called other mutual aid companies in and just kept trying to attack it.”

As teams arrived from around Montgomery and Schenectady Counties, the biggest job was getting water trucked into the area and then pumping it onto the property.

Witnesses say the two men living there, elderly brothers, were sleeping in the barn, not the house and were able to get out.

The house burned quickly as did everything inside. As the sun rose and smoke cleared, only the foundation was left.

"At first, we had some issues with some water supplies and being the wintertime, ponds are froze over. So once we got that set up, we were able to start shuttling the tanker,” said Bramer.

A car parked a distance from the house even sustained some damage due to the intense heat from the flames. Firefighters pushed it further away to prevent any more damage.

"We go into a defensive mode. Don’t want to put anybody in harm’s way. There was no saving this structure whatsoever," said Bramer.

NewsChannel 13 is told the Koslowski brothers lived there, older men who had accumulated and worked on cars over the years. They are now staying with neighbors.


WNYT Staff

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