Brush fire spreads to house; no one in­jured

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Diane Pineiro-Zucker dpzucker@free­manon­line.com di­aneat­free­man on Twitter

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.

PRO­VIDED BY CEN­TER­VILLE FIRE DEPART­MENT

Fire­fight­ers work at the house at 48 Kate Yea­ger Road in Cen­ter­ville af­ter the fire was put out Sun­day af­ter­noon.

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