A family’s home was destroyed by a fire that drew help from a dozen fire companies yesterday evening. Firefighters were lucky to make it out alive before part of the roof collapsed soon after they were inside searching for victims.
The Campbell Hall Fire Department was dispatched to a reported house on fire at 2 Kipp Road, located off Sarah Wells Trail, just after 5:00pm on Thursday, 4/20/2023. The house was 3,145 square feet and contained four bedrooms and three bathrooms.
As firefighters were responding, Orange County 911 was taking multiple phone calls reporting the fire. Once the incident commander arrived, he confirmed the first floor was fully engulfed in flames and the fire was spreading to the second floor. He activated a second alarm.
Firefighters quickly entered the inferno to search for victims on both floors. No victims were located inside the house. Shortly after firefighters exited the building, part of the roof collapsed.
It was later determined that the family had safely exited the residence. The children reportedly ran out of the burning house and did not even have shoes on their feet.
Smoke from the fire was visible from portions of Newburgh, Middletown, and even Monticello.
The Campbell Hall Fire Department was assisted by the Washingtonville, Coldenham, Walden, Montgomery, South Blooming Grove, Mayrook, Goshen, Mechanicstown, Pocatello, Florida, and Circleville Fire Departments.