Poughkeepsie fire displaces 10

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POUGHKEEPSIE – A Wednesday night fire at 101-B South Hamilton Street has displaced 10 residents and several of their pets.  The fire was originally dispatched as a small fire on the back porch of the multi-family dwelling.

Firefighters arrived and found the three-story structure filled with smoke and fire in several locations of the building.  Firefighters stretched three hose lines to attack the fire located in the basement and spreading up behind the sheetrock to the floors above as well as a bathroom in one of the apartments.  Firefighters worked for nearly two hours to make sure that the fire was completely extinguished.

According to Deputy Fire Chief Joe Franco, the cause and origin of the blaze are under investigation.  Franco also indicated that the American Red Cross was working to assist with sheltering needs for the displaced tenants.

No additional fire departments were brought to the scene to assist.  There were no reported injuries to firefighters or civilians.  

Central Hudson arrived at the location to terminate electric and gas lines to the building.  Mobile Life Support Services medics were on the scene along with a City of Poughkeepsie Building Department representative.