The Remsen Street fire burned so intensely on Thursday that it melted the tires, electric system and hydraulic lines of the Watervliet-Green Island aerial ladder truck at the fire scene, officials said Tuesday.
“It was so hot that it melted the tires. It’s fire resistant not fire proof,” said Sean Ward, executive assistant to Green Island Mayor Ellen McNulty-Ryan.
The aerial ladder was eventually able to be driven back to the Watervliet Fire House where it’s being assessed for damage, Mayor Michael Manning said.
The extensive damage showed the pros and cons of mutual aid agreements uniting Cohoes, Green Island, Troy and Watervliet when it comes to fighting fires.