Parksville fire destroys camp building

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(photo: Liberty Fire Department)

PARSKVILLE – At 11 a.m. on Thursday, the Liberty Fire Department was dispatched to a 911 report of a structure fire at Camp Rayim located at 263 Breezy Hill Rd in Parksville.

While Liberty units were enroute multiple calls into 911 reported it as a working fire and smoke could be seen from several miles away.

First arriving units found a bunkhouse that sleeps 30 campers was well involved and two additional exposures utilized also as dorms were starting to catch fire too. Firefighters were advised that no one was in the buildings.

Campers assisted first arriving units in helping stretch hose lines which saved time in getting water on the fire almost immediately.

Mutual aid was requested for Tankers and interior Firefighters from White Sulphur Springs, Livingston Manor, Loch Sheldrake, Swan Lake and Jeffersonville. Town of Bethel and Rock Hill provided FAST support and were eventually utilized in overhaul operations.

A lake on the camp property was used for drafting to resupply tankers.

The Sullivan County rehab team was activated and provided support for first responders and FF’s at the scene in the 90 degree weather.

Monticello, Callicoon Center, Neversink and Youngsville provided stand by coverage.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Sullivan County Bureau of Fire. Catskill Hatzolah EMS provided a standby crew at the scene and transported a firefighter to Garnet Harris for treatment of an ankle injury.