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Firefighters douse rooftop flames on Colonial 1 apartments

Sean I. Mills
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Posted 11/7/19

A rooftop fire at the seven-story Colonial 1 apartments was doused by city firefighters on Wednesday. Deputy Fire Chief David Gratch said residents of the neighboring Colonial 2 apartments noticed …

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Firefighters douse rooftop flames on Colonial 1 apartments

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A rooftop fire at the seven-story Colonial 1 apartments was doused by city firefighters on Wednesday.

Deputy Fire Chief David Gratch said residents of the neighboring Colonial 2 apartments noticed the smoke on the rooftop of Colonial 1 on St. Peter’s Avenue and called 9-1-1 at 12:18 p.m.

“They saw smoke on the roof of the building,” said Gratch.

Responding firefighters hoofed it up the stairs to reach the roof, using a hose line to tap into the building’s water supply. Gratch said the flames were knocked down quickly. “People were up there welding,” Gratch explained.

A worker on the roof finished a welding project on a rooftop stairwell and then stepped away for a moment, the chief said. When the man returned, he found a section of roofing material on fire.

“They tried to put it out with extinguishers before we got there,” Gratch stated. “That held the fire in check a little bit, but as soon as they ran out of extinguishers, it flared back up.”

The department’s ladder truck was also raised to the roof level as a back-up water supply, the chief said.

No one was injured in the fire. The chief said the roof and some of the apartments directly underneath sustained heavy water damage, possibly in the $100,000s of dollars range, he noted. The residents were allowed to return to their apartments, the deputy chief said.

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