New Rochelle firefighters responded to reports of a high concentration of natural gas around noon today at a home located at 288 Clove Road, across the street from the New Rochelle High School football field.
The owner of the home, Dr. Adam S Budzikowski, could not be reached so firefighters were required to gain entry through a window at the front of the house. One firefighter was hoisted up by several others and pulled himself up and through the window. Once inside, the door was opened and a search was made to confirm no one was inside.
Con Edison responded to the scene and a Con Edison employee gave the all clear minutes after the firefighters secured the scene.
No one was at home at the time. No injuries were reported.
Dr. Budzikowski practices cardiology,clinical cardiac electrophysiology and internal medicine in Brooklyn. A neighbor was able to reach Dr. Budzikowski and alert him to the situation.
Make a rare appearance was Ladder 12 which has been largely inactive following a decision by the City Manager to discontinue overtime pay until the end of the year. If staffing levels are too low on a given shift, Ladder 12 is taken out of service.