Fire damages shop on Airway

Firefighters use thermal imaging to locate hotspots.

Fire damaged a mechanics shop on Airway Road Wednesday evening, Feb. 1, Lebanon Fire District reported.

Firefighters responded at 8:47 p.m. to the 1700 block of Airway Road to find a 40- by 60-foot steel building with heavy black smoke coming from the eves.

A female resident in the driveway told the incident commander that there was a single occupant in the building, attempting to extinguish the fire. The IC made contact and had the occupant evacuate the building so arriving firefighters could continue extinguishment. Firefighters quickly deployed hose lines and began looking for the fire, using a thermal imaging camera. Firefighters found multiple hotspots using the TIC and removed insulation in the roof area and walls extinguishing the fire.

Firefighters were on scene approximately an hour before turning the building back over to the occupants. No injuries were reported, and the cause is still under investigation.

The Lebanon Fire District was assisted at the scene by Lebanon Police Department and CPI, while Albany Fire Department helped cover additional 911 calls for the citizens of Lebanon.

Lebanon Fire District would like to remind citizens not to attempt extinguishing an out-of-control fire, but to call 911 quickly.