Rye FD sent along pictures and details of the Maple Avenue blaze:
(PHOTO: Volunteer firefighters Chiefs Taylor and Cotter begin the fight at 6:15 AM, 8/11/13 on Maple Street, Rye, NY)
RYE FIRE DEPARTMENT FIGHTS STUBBURN FIGHTS BASEMENT FIRE ON MAPLE AVE
The Rye Fire Department saved a house on Maple Avenue on Sunday, August 11, 2013. The call-out at 6:02 AM for the two story, very old structure, the firefighters worked until almost noon to insure the fire was completely extinguished. The two residents of the home were evacuated safely.
The Rye Fire Department's Chief Michael Taylor assisted by Chiefs Peter Cotter and Michael Billington, lead firefighters to battle the insistent blaze. Volunteers from Harrison and Town of Mamaroneck Fire Departments assisted Rye Firefighters on scene. Con Ed, Rye DPW and officials from the Westchester County Department of Emergency Services and Port Chester-Rye-Rye Brook EMS were all on the scene to lend aid.
(PHOTO: Volunteer Chief Billington with volunteer firefighters Lt. Anthony Alba and Kyle Wag-man continue the fight, 6:38 AM, Maple Avenue, 8/11/13 Rye, NY)
Standing by for mutual support were the Village of Mamaroneck FD and Port Chester FD. The Rye Fire Department volunteers train continually to be ready for a major event of this type. The fire spread from the basement to the attic through the interior walls. The blaze created a heavy smoke condition throughout the building, making battling the fire difficult. Additionally, the Rye FD aided in cleaning up with the removal and salvage of home owners property and pumping 2 feet of water out of the basement, before leaving the fire scene.
(PHOTO: Rye Volunteer Chiefs Cotter and Billington confer with Westchester County DES and Con Ed,8/11/13 6:56 AM. Maple Avenue, Rye, NY.)
The Rye Fire Department dates to 1886 and is staffed by volunteer and career fire fighters. The company answered over 1400 calls last year.
Volunteers are always needed and appreciated. All training and equipment is supplied by the department. Contact Rye FD if you are interested in donating a few hours a year to protect your family and neighbors, see their web page for recruiting and department news.