POUGHKEEPSIE – Poughkeepsie firefighters responded to a call for a fire at Modern Cabinets on Van Kleek Road late Thursday morning. The call rapidly went to a second alarm, requiring firefighters from neighboring Arlington and Fairview Fire Districts to assist with extinguishing the blaze.
Fire officials say that the fire was in the ceiling of a 30′ by 60′ shipping warehouse and spread quickly. Shortly after firefighters entered the structure, the commanding officer ordered them out of the building due to the potential for the roof to collapse. Within minutes of the firefighters pulling out, the roof on the tin-sided warehouse partially caved in.
According to an employee of Modern Cabinets, a high-end cabinet company nestled in an industrial area of the city, the shipping warehouse was lost to the fire. Approximately $250,000 of finished products that were slated to be shipped out were destroyed in the fire.
Poughkeepsie Deputy Fire Chief Joe Franco said that the cause and origin of the fire are under investigation and it is not considered suspicious at this time. One firefighter speculated that the dust collection unit in the facility may have contributed to the fire.
Due to a lack of hydrants with adequate water flow on Van Kleek, firefighters were forced to pull out more than 500 feet of hose and hook to hydrants on Smith Street, causing roads in the area to be shut down to traffic. City of Poughkeepsie police diverted traffic away from the scene.
No employees were injured in the fire. Reports of a few firefighters being treated for heat-related illness have not been confirmed.