Fire rav­ages se­nior apart­ment build­ing

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE -

About three dozen se­nior cit­i­zens es­caped with only the bed clothes on their backs early Tues­day when a fire en­gulfed a build­ing at the Hugh­son Commons hous­ing com­plex in this Put­nam County town,

The blaze broke out shortly be­fore 4 a.m. and drew fire com­pa­nies from Put­nam, Dutchess and Westch­ester coun­ties.

Fire­fight­ers work­ing on lad­ders poured thou­sands of gal­lons of water onto the blaze from above while oth­ers at­tacked the fire from the ground.

The Jour­nal News re­ported four apart­ments were de­stroyed and six oth­ers were dam­aged. The news­pa­per said Hugh­son Commons has a to­tal of 94 units in three build­ings.

Res­i­dents of the hous­ing com­plex, many frail, were taken to a recre­ation area, where they con­tacted loved ones. Oth­ers were pro­vided shel­ter by the Amer­i­can Red Cross.

One po­lice of­fi­cer was over­come by smoke and was treated at Put­nam Hos­pi­tal Cen­ter.

There was no im­me­di­ate con­clu­sion about the cause of the fire.


The fire rages be­fore dawn Tues­day in the Put­nam County town of Carmel.

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