Smoke detector alerts family to fire in Red Hook home

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Sunday morning fire left this home uninhabitable
(Photo: RHFD- R. Schloemer)

RED HOOK – A basement smoke alarm is being credited for saving
the residents of a home at 56 West Market Street in the Village of Red
Hook that caught fire shortly after 6 a.m. on Sunday.

Red Hook Fire Chief Richard Hilbrandt said the smoke detector alerted
the residents and a passerby, who called 911 and assisted in the immediate
evacuation of the residents.

The fire, which started at around 6:15 a.m., engulfed the rear of the
house and the porch area.

About 30 firefighters from Red Hook, Rhinebeck and Tivoli had the fire
under control within a half hour. Additional firefighters from Milan were
on standby in Red Hook’s firehouse in case more equipment was needed
at the scene.

A portion of Market Street remained closed for over four hours as the
firefighting, clean-up and investigation continued.

The Dutchess County Fire Investigation Division was looking into the cause
of the fire, but it was not considered suspicious.

The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office and State Police were also
on the scene along with Red Hook Fire Police.
One Red Hook firefighter sustained a minor injury.

The homeowners made alternative living arrangements.

Chief Hilbrandt said the fire should serve as an important reminder of
the value of working smoke detectors in all residences.