At 12:05 on Wednesday, February 25th, units from Liverpool, Moyers Corners, Mattydale, and Baldwinsville Fire Departments were dispatched to 122 Memphis Street for a reported housefire. Liverpool Car 2 [Ormsby] arrived at the end of dispatch to find a single story house with heavy smoke showing, and shortly thereafter a ‘Signal 99′ was given for a working housefire. Onondaga County Fire Control advised that the address was flagged due to ‘hoarder’ conditions inside the residence. Liverpool Engine 3 [FF Bertholf] was first arriving and quickly advanced a handline to side ‘B’ and began an interior attack. Engine 1 [Capt. Vassallo] arrived next and secured a water supply. Truck 2 [Lt. Cisne] arrived shortly thereafter and began horizontal ventilation and assisting with handline advancement. Engine 5 [Capt. Zogg] arrived and advanced a second handline into the structure. Moyers Corners Engine 31 arrived and began assisting with handline advancement and extinguishment, and Moyers Corners Rescue 3 arrived and set-up RIT operations. Mattydale Quint 3 arrived and began vertical ventilation operations. Crews were hampered by not only heavy fire loading and multiple vehicles in the yard, but also by over a foot of snow present on the property. Command made the decision to temporarily transition to exterior operations due to heavy fire load, deteriorating interior conditions, and limited progress by companies operating inside the structure. Crews successfully evacuated the structure as heavy fire began venting from the ‘C’ and ‘D’ sides of the residence.
After operating defensively for a short time, multiple companies moved back into the residence to resume extinguishment and begin extensive opening-up and overhaul. Additional companies from Belgium Cold-Springs, and Seneca River were brought into the scene to relieve first alarm companies. Eventually, an excavator was moved in to begin demolition of the rear of the structure in order to locate and extinguish remaining pockets of fire. An excellent job was done by all companies who operated in difficult conditions for several hours, as well as thanks to all companies who covered Liverpool’s three stations during the fire.
Additional units operating onscene included Liverpool Rescues 1, 2, 3, and Squad 2.