Firefighters douse brush fire behind Glendale Home
The Daily Gazette, April 20th, 2007
GLENVILLE - The first major grass fire of the year briefly threatened the Glendale Home on Hetcheltown Road with flames and smoke Thursday before it was brought under control by more than 50 firefighters.
The fire torched an area measuring 100 yards by 500 yards directly behind the county-owned nursing home. East Glenville Fire Chief Arnold Briscoe said the fire may have been started by youths.
Firefighters from more than eight departments began arriving at the scene around 7 p.m., Briscoe said.
"When I got here the fire was six to eight feet high and was moving rapidly toward the woods," Briscoe said. The woods lie approximately 200 feet behind the nursing home and are bordered by a grass field, where the fire began.
"We had some concerns about the residents and the building," he said.
Firefighters quickly stopped the fire's advance.
The large contingent of firefighters allowed teams to rotate in and out of the fire, helping to prevent exhaustion, Briscoe said.
Schenectady County Fire Coordinator John Nuzbeck said the fire was the largest of the year to date. He said the ground may be wet from the recent rain, but the surface material is dry. The material consists of high grass and dead wood.