Monday, March 11, 2019



Fire rages in vacant Poughkeepsie building

(video: Jason Brodbeck for Mid-Hudson News)

POUGHKEEPSIE – Flames lit up the nighttime sky as they poured out windows at 29 South Cherry Street in the City of Poughkeepsie Saturday night.

The two-alarm blaze was reported around 10 p.m.

The 2 ½ story wood-frame building was a raging inferno as firefighters poured water on the flames as temperatures hovered around 30 degrees.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

City Alderman Christopher Petsas commented on Facebook that he is “deeply concerned that the intentional burning down of vacant buildings has become the ‘norm’ in our city with no arrests or charges filed against those who set these buildings on fire and jeopardize lives,” Petsas wrote. “We just keep burning and turning a blind eye. Enough is enough!”


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