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Red Hook Fire Department Quickly Stops Kitchen Fire

By JOHN LAUFFER, Correspondent | July 20, 2021 | NEW YORK

Story No. 072121105

RED HOOK, NY - On July 20th at 12:08 P.M., the Red Hook Fire Company and Tivoli Fire Department were dispatched to a stove fire at 32 Garden Street in the Village of Red Hook. Upon arrival crews were updated that it was a kitchen fire.

When the first Red Hook fire engine arrived less than three minutes after the initial alarm, Engine Lt. Todd VanBuskirk, Jr. observed smoke coming from the building in several locations and immediately initiated an interior attack. Shortly after the initial fire attack began, Command requested a second-alarm which brought equipment and manpower from Rhinebeck Fire Department and placed Milan Fire Department on stand-by in their quarters.

Due to the rapid and aggressive interior attack, a bulk of the fire was knocked down in about 12 minutes. Overhaul, salvage and clean up of the fire was finished at approximately 4:00 P.M. The Red Cross responded to support the occupants of the structure, which was deemed uninhabitable due to fire, smoke and water damage.

An estimated 35 fire department members were at the scene, as well as the Red Hook Police, New York State Police, Northern Dutchess Paramedics, Central Hudson Gas & Electric, and the Red Cross. Dutchess County 911 dispatchers provided communication and coordination in the early stages of the incident.

The Dutchess County Fire Investigation Division is investigating the cause of the fire, which has not yet been determined.

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