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Plow driver helps rescue three from house fire in Waterford

February 19, 2019 12:17 PM

WATERFORD – A NYS Department of Transportation plow truck driver was making his rounds early Tuesday when he saw a home on fire. He stopped the truck and his quick-thinking saved three lives, according to the Fire Chief.

"The fire was discovered by a New York State plow truck driver doing his morning route,” said Chief Jeff O’Connor. “He located fire on the front porch of the residence initially is what he saw. He vacated the residence for us. Upon our arrival, the front of the building was fully engulfed in flames."

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It happened at 152 Third Street, Routes 4 & 32, in Waterford. The frigid morning cause problems for firefighters, O’Connor said, adding that the top broke off a hydrant when they first got there. As a result, several fire companies ran extra hose lines down the block. Traffic was stopped for several hours and then one lane until things finally cleared around 9:30 a.m.

The Saratoga County Fire Investigation team was on the scene quickly, focusing on the front porch and paid attention to the upper bedroom as well, knocking down more hot spots. Windy conditions were also a problems as firefighters did their best to stop flames from hitting neighboring homes.

MORE INFORMATION: GoFundMe: Waterford fire victim

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