Propane, Gasoline Create Movie-Like Fire Scene

Photo by David Raizen

A pool of flaming gasoline spread across the garage floor, gushing out into the driveway. In the backyard, a blowtorch of propane sent firefighters scrambling. A “wall of fire” had engulfed the entire right side of the home. Any one of these could be expected at a fire, but all three combined seemed more like a scene from the movie “Backdraft”.

Just after noon, firehouse speakers across the city crackled with an urgent message: multiple callers reporting a home “fully involved” by fire. Although fierce wind gusts, frigid temperatures, and a near-foot-deep blanket of snow had most people hiding indoors today, your New Rochelle Firefighters raced out into the blizzard.

The address on the city’s northern frontier meant firefighters already hampered by the storm would be even further delayed. Some of the first – and most important – fire crews would likely take 10 to 15 minutes to arrive. Then, a stroke of luck. Usually the nearest firehouse is staffed by only three firefighters. Thankfully, this was not an ordinary day. During storms, more firefighters are sometimes __ to compensate for difficult conditions. Today, an extra fire engine and four firefighters were standing at the ready and arrived within minutes.

27 firefighters battled the fire, as well as the merciless conditions, for almost 4 hours. All occupants got themselves out safely, but several firefighters were injured.

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NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – There were terrifying moments in the middle of the storm on Tuesday, as flames shot from the roof of a Westchester home. As CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez reported, investigators believe a snowblower may be to blame. Residents in the New Rochelle neighborhood were weathering the massive snowstorm.

Fire claims New Rochelle home during winter storm

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Two Firefighters Injured Battling Destructive House Fire in North End of New Rochelle

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