Hughsonville responds to structure fire May 9, 2016

Second Alarm of Fire – 6 Woodland Court

At approximately 8:09 pm on Monday the 9th of May, The Hughsonville Fire District was dispatched for a reported house fire at 6 Woodland Court in the Town of Wappinger. 2nd Assistant Chief Pettit arrived on scene in approximately two minutes from dispatch reporting a working fire, well involved on the street side of the structure. A second alarm was immediately requested, due to the lack of hydrants in that area. All occupants were reported to be out of the structure upon arrival of the fire department. Chief Laffin arrived on scene and assumed command.

Hughsonville’s entire first alarm assignment was responding in less than two minutes from the time of dispatch. Units arrived on scene in four minutes to find heavy fire on the street side covered porch, first & second floor exterior wall, and already into the attic/roof area. Crews immediately deployed a 1 ¾” hand line to begin fire suppression efforts, and was followed with a 2 ½” hand line due to the amount of fire encountered. Once the fire was knocked down, firefighters made a quick primary search of the first floor for occupants or other fire locations. Crews were backed out of the structure prior to initiating a search of the second floor due to the roof being compromised.

Due to the lack of water in that area of the district, firefighters had to use tankers to shuttle water to the scene from a fire hydrant in another location. Initially on Ronsue Drive, until a water main broke in that system, and firefighters were forced to utilize a hydrant on Old Post Road in the area of Adam’s Fairacre Farms. This method of supplying water is routinely planned and practiced for these types of situations.

The fire was declared under control at approximately 8:44 pm, at which time firefighters remained on scene to put out “hot-spots”, perform overhaul, and assist Dutchess County Fire Investigation Division with their investigation into the cause of the fire. Firefighters cleared the scene at approximately 4:33 am.

One civilian suffered non-life threatening burns to their feet and was transported to Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital by Mobile Life Support Services in stable condition.

Hughsonville was assisted on scene by New Hamburg Fire District, Wappingers Fire Department, New Hackensack Fire District, East Fishkill Fire District, Rombout Fire District, Village of Fishkill Fire Department, LaGrange Fire District, Chelsea Fire District, Glenham Fire District, Mobile Life Support Services, Dutchess County Sherriff’s Office, New York State Police, and station coverage was provided by the Arlington Fire District.

The fire is still under investigation at this time.

Please remember that Hughsonville firefighters are 100% volunteer and are dedicated to your safety.