Devastating” fire rages through downtown Wappingers Falls


that was first reported in the Rice and Beans Deli on East Main Street
in the Village of Wappingers Falls spread to an entire building and shutting
down the street for hours on Saturday.

There were no reported injuries in the four-alarm blaze that consumed
a number of businesses.

One fire official called the fire “devastating” to the village.

“Today I witnessed one of the worst fires of my life and I’m very
sad at what happened in the Village of Wappingers Falls,” said Dutchess
County Legislator Francena Amparo. “I want to thank our first responders
and all of the fire companies who helped put the fire out. It was long
and grueling. You are our heroes today. My thoughts and prayers go out
to those affected and displaced by this terrible fire. The Village of
Wappingers Falls is resilient and we will get through this together. Praise
God everyone made it out alive and no one was injured,” she said
on her Facebook page.

East Main was closed for hours as fire and EMS personnel worked to quell
the flames.