Midway Fire Department received a structure fire call in the early morning hours of December 22, 2023. Chief Obermeyer arrived and immediately called for mutual aid from Fuller Road, Colonie Village, Stanford Heights and Westmere. The fire began in a back bedroom and quickly spread to the basement. The departments had to fight a hoarding situation within the house, causing them to break through outside walls in order to fight the fire. The building was known for having a drug lab inside and multiple explosions were heard. One of the homeowners tried multiple times to enter the burning structure looking for his cat, only to be turned away by police and firefighters. The home was completely destroyed on the interior and multiple holes were cut in the outside and roof.

– Submitted by Lori Washburn; photos by Photos By Truck