Faulty wire blamed for fire; no one injured
Faulty wiring to a panel box caused a fire in an apartment house on U.S. Route 209 that damaged a hallway between two units, a Napanoch Fire Department official said Wednesday.
No one was injured in the Tuesday afternoon blaze, Assistant Chief Richard Thorpe said.
Thorpe said firefighters arrived at 7128 Route 209 at about 1 p.m. after smoke was seen coming from an outdoor electrical box. When firefighters arrived, he said, flames were seen behind the box and had extended into the building’s interior walls.
Thorpe said the fire was controlled with extinguishers and that a Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. crew turned off the electricity. He said the blaze was extinguished in about half an hour and the damage was contained to the hallway.
There was no damage to any of the three or four apartments in the building, Thorpe said. The building was ventilated and “habitable,” though there was no power when firefighters left, he said.
One person who was in the building when the fire began got out safely before firefighters arrived, Thorpe said.
The Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross provided financial assistance and lodging to two people after the fire, according to a press release from the agency.