Pawling house fire puts several departments into action

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Firefighters at the Sumner Lane fire. Photo provided by the Pawling Fire Department.

PAWLING – A Tuesday evening fire on Sumner Lane in Pawling resulted in several fire departments responding to the secluded area to battle the blaze.

Pawling Fire Chief Everett White says that his department was dispatched to a report of a “fire under the house” at approximately 6:40 p.m.  The chief was on the scene within seven minutes and located what he described as a “heavy, active fire” under the dwelling, and immediately requested a second alarm to bring more fire departments to the scene.  “Due to the location of the residence and a limited water supply, we requested tankers to ensure we had a steady supply of water.”

White is crediting the quick response of his department and the assistance of the mutual aid companies for preventing the house from sustaining substantial damage.

“Our guys getting apparatus out and getting on the scene so quickly after the dispatch greatly reduced the amount of damage that was done to the house,” White said. “Knocking down that fire within the first 25 minutes was a huge advantage.”

The JH Ketcham, Beekman, East Fishkill and Patterson departments along with the Sherman, Connecticut fire department assisted the Pawling firefighters at the scene.  “All of the responding departments worked well together and that is instrumental in preventing disasters,” said Chief White.

Four occupants have been temporarily displaced and the cause and origin of the fire are under investigation.