GUILDERLAND, N.Y. – A fire was contained to a single townhouse unit in the Town of Guilderland by the Westmere Fire Dept. Thursday.
At around 4:22 a.m., a neighbor called 911 to report a fire in a townhouse home at 4058 Chaucer Place in the Town of Guilderland. The first arriving police unit reported a fully involved structure fire and began to alert neighbors in the multi-unit townhouse building.
Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the affected townhouse unit, but some of the attached units sustained some smoke and water damage. Fire officials reported that all of the residents were evacuated from the entire structure until it is determined that the remaining structure is safe.
One individual was treated for smoke inhalation, and their condition is not currently available.
Despite the sub-zero temperatures, volunteer firefighters were able to work quickly to prevent further damage.
According to Chief David Szary, "We are used to expecting the unexpected and adapting. Our firefighters were all hands on in both fighting the fire and fighting freezing cold which created some significant challenges. On mornings like today, we're fighting both fire and ice."
The Town's Fire Investigation Bureau will examine the scene to identify a cause and origin of the fire.