Fire leaves Dutchess family homeless

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STAATSBURG – An early morning fire on Friday destroyed a home, leaving a family seeking shelter with relatives.  The two-alarm fire at 60 Hope Land Lane was called in at 12:45 a.m.

The Roosevelt Fire Department responded along with the Hillside Fire Department with first arriving firefighters reporting a working fire and command requesting a second alarm, bringing manpower and equipment from the Fairview Fire Department to the scene.

While the three departments worked to extinguish the blaze, firefighters from the Hyde Park, Pleasant Valley, Arlington, East Clinton, and West Clinton departments along with Rhinebeck and Pleasant Valley were on standby to assist if needed.

Roosevelt Fire Chief Lew Darrow said that the two occupants and their dog were awakened by the fire and got out of the house safely, with no reported injuries.

The fire that completely destroyed the structure is under investigation by the Dutchess County Fire Investigation Division and is not considered suspicious.

The approximately 45 firefighters on the scene had the fire under control at approximately 1:10 a.m. and units remained on the scene until 4 a.m. Friday.