Brush fire spreads to house; no one injured
CENTERVILLE >> Residents of a multifamily home on Kate Yaeger Road in this Saugerties hamlet were fortunate the deputy chief of the Centerville Fire Department and another firefighter were close by when a small brush fire spread to the building’s siding.
Centerville Chief James Mullen said the Ulster County Cause and Origin Team is investigating the Sunday afternoon blaze at 48 Kate Yaeger Road. He said the building’s vinyl exterior caught fire as a brush pile close to the residence burned.
Mullen said Deputy Chief Randy Ricks was in the area and was able to keep the fire from spreading to the building’s interior. Ricks, who lives around the corner, said he and firefighter Zack Harris were able to use a 3-gallon fire extinguisher to put out the flames before a Centerville fire truck arrived.
Ricks said security footage from the blaze will be reviewed by Saugerties police but that he doubted arson.
The fire was reported at 4:48 p.m., and it was out within five minutes, Mullen said.
The home’s four residents had evacuated by the time firefighters arrived, and there were no injuries, Ricks said. The residents were able to return to their apartments Sunday night, Mullen said.
Firefighters work at the house at 48 Kate Yeager Road in Centerville after the fire was put out Sunday afternoon.