VOORHEESVILLE, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Where there is smoke, there’s fire. On Thursday, firefighters in Voorheesville had to contend with another element while trying to save a house at 2 Nancy Lane: Ice.
“When I arrived, the house was fully involved, the fire was through the roof, no occupants at this time, no injuries,” said Voorheesville Fire Chief Bill Reddy. “All went well.”
The call came in from a neighbor around 4:30 a.m. that the house was literally burning down to the ground. Firefighters say it had to have been burning for quite some time before they arrived.
It is a vacant home, no one lives there, but it’s a complete loss. The roof is caved in, the second floor is completely gone, and you can see through the back wall of the garage.
There is no word on what started the fire yet.
It was a typical day in the life of a firefighter, but what made today different?
“Just the cold and the ice,” Reddy said.
The firefighters say they do not use gloves, so while using water to fight fire, encasing everything in ice, crews rotate working so others can warm up — Making team work the most important human element of the day.
“No injuries, no not at all,” Reddy said.