Main Content


Large Storage Barn Destroyed by Fire in Lebanon Valley

By JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER, Senior Correspondent | May 23, 2020 | NEW YORK

Story No. 052920102

Lebanon Valley, NY - On May 23rd at 6:46 P.M., the Lebanon Valley Fire Department along with mutual aid from several fire departments from Columbia County, Rensselaer County, and the state of Massachusetts responded to 50 Cherry Lane for a reported barn fire, with another barn on the property starting to catch fire.

As the first arriving chief was coming into the area, a large column of smoke was showing from about a half mile out from the scene. The first arriving chief had a large storage barn that was heavily involved and requested the tanker task force assignment to be transmitted, as they had a large driveway and a water source near the fire scene not easily accessible.

Firefighters from Lebanon Valley, Canaan, Red Rock, East Chatham, Tsatsawassa, and the Richmond Fire Department all responded to the scene. The first arriving engine on scene deployed their LDH from the main road to the fire scene, laying about 2500-feet of four-inch supply line. Firefighters on the main roadway quickly established a water supply at a nearby pond less than 500-feet away from Cherry Lane.

Crews deployed multiple hand lines on scene and began to knock down the remaining heavy fire conditions after the barn had already collapsed. Due to heavy wind conditions, some hot embers landed in another barn that had collapsed which created a minor fire. Firefighters used a handline on the remaining hot spots and were able to bring the fire under control quickly.

Crews switched over to using class A foam and began to hit any remaining hot spots. After about one hour and 20 minutes on scene firefighters stopped conducting overhaul and began to pick up and return to service. No firefighters were injured on scene and the fire has been ruled an accident.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.