Friday, May 5, 2017



Fire damages building at former Hudson River Psych Center

Three million gallons of water needed to put this out

TOWN OF POUGHKEEPSIE – Fire damaged the interior of a vacant building at the former Hudson River Psychiatric Center in the Town of Poughkeepsie Thursday morning. When firefighters arrived on the scene, flames were shooting through the roof.

The two-alarm fire was called in to the Fairview Fire Department at around 6 a.m. and was knocked down around 8:30. Firefighters remained on the scene until 3 p.m. after working to extinguish several hot spots.

One firefighter suffered from smoke inhalation and was transported to the hospital for evaluation.

The cause is unknown and under investigation by the cause and origin team. Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call Poughkeepsie Town Police at 845-485-3666.

Several area fire departments assisted in the firefighting operations including City of Poughkeepsie, Roosevelt, Arlington and New Hamburg with Mobile Life Support Services ambulance and Town of Poughkeepsie Police also on the scene.

Fairview Fire Chief Chris Maeder said over 1 million gallons of water were used to extinguish the blaze.

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