Firefighters from local departments responded to help at a five-alarm inferno in Woodbury at noontime today.
Local departments were called in to help at a massive fire at 15 Shuit Place in Woodbury at 12:45 pm. Orange County 911 received numerous phone calls reporting a two-story house was on fire. The roaring blaze extended to a neighboring house.
The Cornwall Fire Department responded with a pumper and the Vail’s Gate Fire Department responded with a FAST Team, used to rescue any firefighters who may become trapped inside of a fire.
The Woodbury Fire Department originally responded to the call for help. Twenty minutes into the fire, the fire was so intense that the incident commander ordered all firefighters out of the building. They began a defensive fire attack from the outside.
Along with crews from Vail’s Gate and Cornwall, the Salisbury Mills, South Blooming Grove, Chester and Tuxedo Fire Departments each provided pumpers. The Washingtonville Fire Department responded with a ladder truck. The Monroe Fire Department responded with two additional pumpers. The West Point Fire Department provided an additional FAST Team, along with Vail’s Gate.
The Sloatsburg Fire Department was called into Monroe to cover any additional calls while the Goshen Fire Department provided coverage for Washingtonville.
Numerous ambulances were called to the scene to provide rehabilitation for the firefighters. No injuries have yet been reported.
Firefighters worked for nearly three hours to fully extinguish the fire.
The fire was located on a residential street just off Route 32 across from the Woodbury Diner.