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Mount Kisco FD Responds to Balcony Collapse at Apartment Complex

By Richard T. Hooker, Correspondent | July 31, 2020 | NEW YORK

Story No. 081220103

On July 31, 2020, at 16:57 hours the Mount Kisco Fire Department was dispatched to 35 Stewart Place, Stewart Heights Apartments for a Balcony collapse, from the seventh floor to the sixth floor. Along with the Mount Kisco Fire Department, Mount Kisco EMS, Westchester Paramedics, Westchester County Police were also on the initial dispatch.

After determining that no one was trapped under the concrete structure and rescue was not required, Chief David Hughes reached out to Westchester County Technical Rescue Team for assistance. Mount Kisco Fire was comprised of Engine 103, 104, 105, Tower Ladder 14, Rescue 15, 31, Utility 13 for this alarm. A crane was brought in to secure the structure and work with a contractor to remove the broken balcony and work with building inspectors & engineers to investigate what went wrong.

Chappaqua's Tower Ladder along with Mount Kisco's Tower Ladder worked together to secure a wire rope under the sixth-floor balcony to support the weight until investigators and contractors were ready for the next phase of the stabilization process. Bedford Hills & Chappaqua Fire Department's stood by as Mount Kisco Fire Department operated at a very unusual event. All units cleared the scene at 23:45 Hours, on July 31, 2020. No firefighters or civilians were injured at this alarm.

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