A house fire is reported at 865 Gabbey Road, Town of Pembroke. Several callers to dispatch, including the homeowner and neighbors, report flames coming from the residence. The location is between Lyman and Marble roads.
It is four-unit apartment complex, with heavy fire on the east side and no exposures, says a first responder on scene, noting a fire hydrant is in front. All residents are out.
National Grid is called to the scene. Pembroke and Indian Falls fire departments are called along with Darien, East Pembroke, Corfu, and Town of Batavia. Alabama is asked to send a tanker to the scene and a crew to fill in at Pembroke's Fire Hall. The city's Fast Team is also responding and its second platoon is to report to city headquarters.
UPDATE 9:56 p.m.: Pembroke command: "Fire knocked down; checking for extensions."
UPDATE 10:32 p.m.: Jamie Waff, chief of Pembroke Fire District, said shortly after 9 p.m. firefighters were called to a working house fire. When he arrived on scene the east side of the four-unit apartment building was engulfed in flames, which is where the "electrical bank" was located. But the fire had not spread upstairs. All tenants were out. Firefighters quickly made a "good attack" on the structure and were able to get out three pet cats who lived there. They knocked down the blaze and Waff said "very minimal damage" was done inside and minimal damage was sustained in the attack. Waff said, including stand-in and fill-in units, 10 fire companies responded. One tenant was not home at the time the fire broke out, but all residents will be displaced by the fire tonight. The county's Emergency Management Office is handling the situation. "The guys did an excellent job doing a knockdown on the second floor, pulling the ceilings down," Waff said.