Poughkeepsie fire displaces several residents

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POUGHKEEPSIE – A fire at 24 High Street in Poughkeepsie on Sunday afternoon caused heavy damage to a multi-family dwelling, displacing at least two families.

The fire reported around 4 p.m. spread from the bottom of the side of the house up to the top.  The fire engulfed the electric meters on the house, causing sparks that temporarily interfered with firefighting operations.

Poughkeepsie firefighters extinguished the fire and spent quite some time checking to make sure that the flames had not extended into the walls or attic.  In addition to major fire damage, the structure suffered substantial water damage from firefighting operations.

According to Fire Department Deputy Chief Joe Franco, the Red Cross was going to be providing assistance to the residents displaced from the house.

Poughkeepsie Fire Department Captain Greg Deichler and Deputy Chief Joe Franco.

Acting City of Poughkeepsie Building Inspector Eric Philipp said told Mid-Hudson News that the home had suffered damage in 2016 when the house located at 22 High Street erupted in flames.  The structure involved in Sunday’s fire was issued a new certificate of occupancy in 2018.  Philipp declared the structure unsuitable for use until a thorough inspection is completed.

Franco said that his department was assisted at the scene by Fairview firefighters, Mobile Life Support Services, City of Poughkeepsie Police, and a large contingent of Central Hudson Gas and Electric employees.

No injuries were reported to civilians or firefighters.  The cause and origin of the fire are under investigation.