At 4:36 AM this morning the Elmsford Fire Dept. was dispatched to a possible house fire at 20 North Mortimer Ave.

Chief Michael Eannazzo and Assistant Chief Richard Hoke arrived at 4:39 AM confirming a fully involved structure fire at 20 North Mortimer Ave with a resident on the front porch roof as well as extension into the attic of 18 North Mortimer Ave Exposure D also transmitting a Mutual Aid 2nd Alarm.

Initial operations included the following: L55 was first due and was in the process of raising its aerial ladder when the resident jumped onto the roof a police car which had driven into the driveway under where he was standing.

E237 arrived second due placing its deck gun into operation in front of Exposure D knocking fire down in the attic and protecting it from additional damage from the original fire.

E137 arrived third due placing its desk gun into operation in front of 22 North Mortimer Ave Exposure B effectively protecting it from radiant heat and fire. L55 also placed its ladder pipe into operation in front of the original fire building in addition to numerous handlines being deployed.

Due to early recognition of the lightweight construction of Exposure D no interior operations were initiated. “Lightweight construction exterior operations only” was announced over the fireground radio. Shortly after exterior operations had begun the entire roof of Exposure D collapsed catastrophically.

Mutual aid units responding to the scene were Fairview E-175, Valhalla Rescue 9 FAST Team, Hawthorne Tower Ladder 12, Hartsdale E-170 Ardsley E-164, Tarrytown, Ardsley Ambulance Corps and the Greenburgh Civil Defense Cascade Unit.

As well as County Car 2 Deputy Commissioner Jackson and Battalion 14 Deputy Coordinator Walsh. Relocated covering units were Irvington L-36 and Tarrytown E-80. All personnel did a terrific job in confining the fire to the area involved on arrival.

Our thanks to all who assisted.