At 10:50 hrs Squad 51 along with 501, and Battalion 504 responded to 942 9th St for an alarm system activation. Enroute the call was upgraded to a Building fire per reports of heavy fire from the second floor. Squad 51 picked up a water supply upon arrival and stretched 200ft of 1 3/4″ line to the 2nd Floor. Heavy winds and frigid temperatures made for difficult conditions. Squad 51 was able to get a quick knock on the fire, and save the rest of the building from total loss and also save all exposures. Thank you to all the surrounding communities that provided mutual aid, as well as our public works department for keeping extremely icy conditions minimal.
Statement from Vitales:
As many of you already know, Vitale’s suffered a fire on Friday, January 5 2018 causing us to TEMPORARILY CLOSE our doors until we are able to complete a rebuild. Our main concern was everyone’s safety and we are VERY happy to report no one was seriously injured (staff, customers, first responders or members of all the local fire departments). We have always been extremely grateful to our loyal customers and we are very touched by everyone who has reached out to us personally, online, through our staff or word of mouth. We are lucky to be a part of such a strong and caring community and though it may take time, we WILL reopen our doors as soon as repairs are made. Thank you to the men and women of the GCFD and everyone else who had a hand in today for their hard work in these brutal weather conditions, we appreciate everything you do. We look forward to seeing you all again in the near future and we will keep you updated on here as we progress. Thank you.
We at the GCFD wish Vitale’s nothing but the best during their rebuild. We ask that when Vitale’s does reopen that everyone visit and help support this great restaurant in our city.
Photos courtesy of the Courier Post