Thursday, January 26, 2023

Vail’s Gate Firefighters Save Home in Two-Alarm Fire

Numerous firefighters converged on a two-alarm fire in the west end of New Windsor yesterday afternoon. Firefighters contained the fire and were able to save the house.

At approximately 4:00pm on Sunday, January 15, 2023, the Vail’s Gate Fire Department was dispatched to a reported house fire at 116 Bethlehem Road. The incident was located on the stretch of roadway connecting Mount Airy Road to Jackson Avenue near the housing development known as The Reserve.

Upon arrival, Vail’s Gate firefighters discovered a fire in the rear of the home. The one-story structure is 1,776 square feet and contains four bedrooms.

The Vail’s Gate Fire Department’s incident commander transmitted a second alarm, summonsing the Washingtonville Fire Department with a rescue truck as a FAST Team to standby for any possible downed firefighters, as well as the City of Newburgh Fire Department with a pumper.

The fire was quickly knocked down. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the rear of the residence within just 20 minutes.

“Our agency is proud to report over 25 firefighters of our own at the scene,” the Vail’s Gate Fire Department wrote in a statement. “We would like to thank all involved agencies for their quick response and teamwork.”

New Windsor Emergency Medical Services also responded to the scene in case anyone was injured during the fire. The New Windsor Fire Department stood by to cover any additional calls in Vail’s Gate.

The New Windsor Office of Fire Prevention is investigating the cause of the fire.

Just three weeks ago, the Vail’s Gate Fire Department was credited with helping Salisbury Mills firefighters save a 190 year-old house (story here).

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