Fire causes extensive smoke damage at William St. residence

Published Aug 19, 2017 at 1:00pm

A fire caused extensive smoke damage to the upstairs apartment of a William Street home Friday afternoon.

Deputy Chief David Gratch said the alarm rang for 415 William St. at 4:14 p.m. with a report of light smoke coming from the front and rear of the upstairs apartment.

Sixteen on-duty firefighters responded, and one was called back to duty.

Upon arrival personnel discovered dark smoke coming from both the front and rear windows of the apartment., Gratch said.

No one was inside the residence at the time.

Firefighters took a hand line and water extinguisher to the upstairs apartment to quell the flames, which were contained to the kitchen.

A complete search of the house was conducted and the entire building was ventilated with smoke ejectors.

Gratch said the kitchen of the upstairs apartment sustained heat and smoke damage, while both the upstairs and downstairs apartment, as well as the basement, sustained light smoke damage.

Firefighter Jason Livingston is investigating the cause of the fire. The American Red Cross was notified to assist the residents, Gratch said.