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2nd Alarm Fire in Cortlandt
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By MVFA Wewbmaster
December 15, 2020

On Tuesday 12/15/20 at approximately 11:57am, Mohegan FD (volunteer and career) were dispatched to a reported working structure fire in the area of Young St or Lent St off Oregon Rd in Cortlandt. Westchester County Dept of Emergency Services Communications Operators (60 Control) were receiving numerous calls for this fire. While units were enroute, a large header of smoke was visible and the 10-75 and 1st Alarm (Working Structure Fire) were transmitted. Upon arrival, a heavily involved structure fire was found and firefighters quickly stretched one 2 1/2" hoseline with our Blitz Attack nozzle and two 1 3/4' hoselines. With the main fire in the area of the carport knocked down, firefighters attempted to make an interior attack, but due to heavy fire being wind driven and a weakening structure, firefighters were pulled out and a defensive attack was performed. A neighboring residence was also to be found to start to catch fire from the high radiant heat. With firefighters also having to force entry to check that residence for possible additional fire spread, the 2nd alarm was transmitted bringing additional resources to the scene. The neighboring residence only suffered exterior fire damage and firefighters found no spread inside. Once the bulk of the fire in the original structure was knocked down, firefighters transitioned back to an interior attack to fully extinguish the fire and perform extensive overhaul. Overhaul was performed for numerous hours and all units cleared the scene by 4:30pm. The homeowner did suffer injuries was was transported to the Westchester Medical Center. We would like our neighboring departments for responding and assisting us during the fire.

Units on scene were:

Mohegan FD: 2261, 2262, 2266, 2269, 22610, Engine 254, Engine 256, Engine 257, Ladder 35, Rescue 32, and Utility 50.

1st Alarm Assignment:
Putnam Valley FD: Chief 24-1-1, 24-1-3, Rescue 24-6-1/FAS-Team
Buchanan FD: Utility 12/Cascade
Mohegan EMS: 69B1
Peekskill EMS: 7506/Rehab
Cortlandt Regional Paramedic: 35M1
Cortlandt EMS: 88B1 (Special Called for Transport)
Westchester County Dept of Emergency Services: Battalion 17, Cause and Origin Team Zone 4
Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services: Battalion 17

2nd Alarm:
Yorktown FD: Car 2531, Engine 274
Montrose FD: Car 2272, Tower Ladder 8
Croton FD: Car 2082, Engine 119/FAS-Team
Yorktown EMS: 86B1

Relocates to Mohegan FD Headquarters:
Mahopac FD: Tower Ladder 18-5-1
Continental Village FD: Engine 231

Other Resources Assisting on Scene:
New York State Police
Westchester County Police
Cortlandt Water Dept
Cortlandt Code Enforcement
Con Edison Electric

Hyperlinks: Additional Kempters Fire Wire Photos

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