Over the weekend The Esopus Fire Department responded to a call that required multiple Fire Departments to assist along with a few other agencies. They were dispatched at 5:25 p.m. to a possible basement fire.

According to the press release posted on the Esopus Fire Department Facebook page the fire was at 150 Valli Road. When they arrived the residents of the home were already outside and had managed to rescue their dog.

Esopus Fire Department Responds to Fire On Valli Road in Highland, New York


The all-volunteer fire department was on the scene in 9 minutes reported heavy smoke conditions and requested a second alarm. Once inside after an assessment of the situation, a third alarm was called in resulting in more fire departments and teams arriving to help put out the fire that was mostly contained in the basement.

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The house did suffer other damage on the first floor and smoke did reach throughout the building. In all 14 different groups came to assist during the process of putting out this fire. It could have gone differently if the residents weren't alerted by their fire alarm in the house.

Firefighters were assisted by the Highland Hose Company, Rifton Fire Dept, Kingston Fire Dept, Milton Engine Company, Ulster Hose Company #5, New Paltz Fire Dept, St. Remy Fire Dept, Port Ewen Fire Dept, Marlboro Hose Company, Ulster County Fire Coordinators Office, Town of Esopus Volunteer Ambulance Squad, Central Hudson Gas and Electric, Town of Esopus Building Department and the Ulster County Fire Investigation Unit. (via Esopus Fire Department via Facebook)


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One of the wonderful things that they shared in their information about the fire was that they were able to the dog on the scene with a pet oxygen mask. The dog was later taken to the vet for further evaluation. The Espous Fire Department like other departments in the Hudson Valley is made up of volunteers and their mission is to provide emergency services to the community and that obviously includes the four-legged kind too.

With the clock change coming up it is time to check your smoke detectors. As they say, working smoke alarms save lives. Heaters will be going on and it is important to have your heating system serviced and running properly.

The Esopus Fire Department is an all-volunteer department that is currently looking for volunteers. Find out more on their Facebook page or at esopusfd.com

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