Friday the 13th [of March 2015] turned out to be a bad omen for a family on the 100 block of Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush. About 5:45pm, a passerby noticing smoke pouring from an attic window at the residence, stopped and alerted the unsuspecting residents. After the 911 call, the Clinton Heights Fire Department was dispatched. Car 3 arrived first and reported a working fire. Car 1 arrived seconds later and requested a second alarm. Heavy smoke had turned to flame and with the arrival of Engine 8-5 and Truck 8, an attack line was brought into the structure. After a challenge to find the staircase to the attic where the fire was centered, the firefighters on the line were able to make a quick knock-down of the fire. Extinguishing hot spots pursued. Called to the scene were the Defreestville Fire Department who provided a FAST team; the East Greenbush and Best Luther Fire Departments also added extra manpower at the scene while the Castleton Fire Department provided a cover assignment back at Station II. Especially challenging was the traffic on Routes 9 & 20 (Columbia Turnpike) during the after-work rush hour. The cause of the fire was determined to be careless smoking. All units were back in service by 9:00pm.