TOWN OF POUGHKEEPSIE – The Arlington Fire District was dispatched to 294 Spackenkill Road in the Town of Poughkeepsie for a reported structure fire on Tuesday, Jul. 18, about 10:30 p.m.
Chief Tory G. Gallante reported the first fire department unit arrived on the scene within five minutes of the initial dispatch and confirmed an active fire on the second floor of the single family residence. The fire was declared under control approximately 15 minutes after arrival of the first unit.
Eight occupants were located on the first floor of the residence at the time of the fire, alerted by an odor of smoke, and self-evacuated prior to fire department arrival.
No injuries were reported said Gallante, and two cats inside the residence at the time of the fire were also reported to be unharmed.
The structure sustained moderate heat, smoke, and water damage.
Assisting at the scene of the second alarm fire were the New Hamburg Fire District, Mobile Life Support Services, T/ Poughkeepsie Police Department, T/ Poughkeepsie Building Department, Dutchess County Dept. of Emergency Response, and Central Hudson Gas & Electric. The New Hackensack Fire District, Pleasant Valley Fire District, and Village of Wappingers Falls Fire Department relocated equipment to AFD stations for standby coverage. All units were back in service at 2:05 am on July 19, 2017 (Wednesday).
Volunteers from the Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross provided immediate emergency aid to eight people after a fire on Tuesday evening on Spackenkill Rd in Poughkeepsie (Dutchess County).
All eight occupants, which include two adults and six children ranging in age from 10 to 16, were displaced as a result of the incident and are receiving assistance from the Red Cross.
The fire was investigated by the Arlington Fire District Fire Investigation Division and determined to be accidental and caused by failure of electrical distribution equipment.