JC Fire: Re-opening of south station saved lives

By Julianne Peixoto

August 19, 2014 Updated Aug 19, 2014 at 11:48 PM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Had the Johnson City Village Board not approved a plan to reopen the Floral Avenue fire station, last week's apartment fire could have been deadly, the department's union president said Tuesday.

Members of the Johnson City Fire Department attended Tuesday night's village board meeting to thank the board for their support.

The firefighters' union president said last week's apartment fire that injured three and left more than 60 people without a home could have been fatal, had response times been drawn out because of geography. When firefighters arrived to the complex 85 Floral Ave., people were literally hanging out of windows.

"It's been said that fire doubles in size every minute," said JCFD Union President Bob Blakeslee. "So even another minute, two minutes, coming from Harry L. Drive could have been life or death."

After the south side station on Floral Avenue closed several years ago, all units responded from Harry L. Drive.