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Putnam County barn goes up in flames

CARMEL – Flames shot more than 150 feet into the early morning sky and were visible over a wide area Thursday when a 40 by 80-foot barn was destroyed by fire at the Prato residence located along Croton Falls Road near the Carmel-North Salem town border.


(photo: Fred Firestone)

The blaze broke out at 3:45 a.m. Croton Falls Firefighters were initially summoned and when Chief Dan Dreyer realized the enormity of the inferno, he immediately summoned mutual aid from fire departments in Putnam, Westchester and western Connecticut.

Firefighters from Mahopac, Carmel, Mahopac Falls and Brewster responded along with crews from Somers, Bedford Hills, Katonah, Goldens Bridge, South Salem, Bedford and Danbury.

Dreyer said the fire was extremely difficult to battle since the property is accessible only along a steep 800-foot driveway in an area containing no fire hydrants. Water was brought to the scene by tanker trucks used to extinguish the blaze.

Several peacocks and chickens were lost in the barn but horses and llamas raised by the homeowner as well as a caretaker with living quarters on the second floor escaped injury.

No injuries were reported to firefighting personnel who didn’t clear the scene until 1 p.m. or nearly nine hours later.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation but Chief Dreyer said it did not appear to be suspicious.

The barn was located on the estate assessed at $3.1 million. The 6,000-square foot, four bedroom, eight bathroom main house built in 1998 sits on 25 acres of land and was used by former Governor George Pataki when he first announced his intention to run for Governor.

Also assisting were members of the Carmel PD, Putnam Fire Investigation Team, North Salem Volunteer Ambulance Corps and Putnam Battalion 16 Coordinator George Wahlers.

 

 


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