Five victims were treated by emergency medical services during a two-alarm fire in the City of Newburgh this afternoon.
At approximately 1:20pm, the City of Newburgh Fire Department was dispatched to a building fire at 198 Overlook Place. The fire scene was located off Mill Street between the former Dairy Isle and the South Middle School. The multi-family building is 2,430 square feet.
As City of Newburgh firefighters were responding, they were notified that dispatchers were taking multiple calls reporting a building fire. The incident commander reported that heavy smoke was showing from a distance.
The City of Newburgh Fire Department had one pumper and one ladder truck on duty containing a few firefighters apiece. The incident commander immediately transmitted a second alarm to receive additional help in fighting the fire.
The West Point Fire Department hustled across Storm King Mountain with a pumper to assist the City of Newburgh Fire Department while the Air National Guard Fire Department hurried to the scene from across town.
The New Windsor Fire Department, located diagonally behind the fire scene, and the Cornwall-on-Hudson Fire Department were called to relocate to the City of Newburgh Public Safety Building in case of any additional fire calls within the city. While on standby duty, New Windsor firefighters covered a motor vehicle accident within the city.
Several off-duty City of Newburgh firefighters were called in from home to staff two additional pumpers and one additional ladder truck, according to radio reports.
Mobile Life Support Services was called to the scene with multiple ambulances for five patients. Four of those patients were treated by emergency medical services and released. One patient was transported to St. Luke’s Hospital.