ARLINGTON – A two-alarm fire just before 4 p.m. on Saturday destroyed a garage attached to a single-family house at 67 Evergreen Avenue in the Arlington Fire District in Town of Poughkeepsie. The fire, which was determined to have been accident and associated with a lawn tractor parked inside, extended to a small area of the main house.
A car inside the garage was destroyed and a second vehicle in the driveway sustained heat damage. Fire Chief Tory Gallante said the structure was deemed uninhabitable.
Four occupants and a dog escaped uninjured; however, one firefighter was treated at the hospital for a shoulder injury and was released.
The fire was discovered by one of the occupants, while investigating a noise coming from the garage area.
Assisting at the scene were firefighters from the City of Poughkeepsie and Fairview Fire Department, Mobile Life Support Services, Town of Poughkeepsie Police and Building Department and Central Hudson Gas and Electric. Wappingers Falls, Pleasant Valley and New Hackensack fire departments relocated equipment to cover Arlington stations.
The fire was investigated by the Arlington Fire District Fire Investigation Division.