Fire destroyed a family home at Orangeburg Road Monday. A firefighter and a resident were injured. Orangeburg Road was closed for several hours.
Those helping the Pearl River Fire Department at the scene included Nanuet, West Nyack and Orangeburg fire departments, and the South Orangetown Ambulance Corps. The cause of the fire was apparently a wood stove used to heat the house. The fire was first reported around 4:20 p.m. Crews brought in a backhoe after 9 p.m. to stabilize the structure. Firefighters didn't leave until 11:30 p.m.
On October 23 around 3 pm Pearl River was dispatched to a car accident on Route 304 south bound. When the 1500 arrived on scene the car was fully involved. Crews quickly contained the fire. Luckly the driver of the vehicle was able to get out of the car before becoming fully involved.
On October 6th at 02:08 hours, the Pearl River Fire Department was dispatched to a car into a house at 2 Sickletown Road, Pearl River. 44- Control advised Chief Matt Lewis (12-1) that a car was confirmed to be lodged into the house with a possible occupant trapped. Orangetown Police advised that the vehicle was now on fire. When 12-1 arrived, Chief Lewis quickly upgraded the incident as a working structure fire.
12-1500, 12-TOWER and 12-1250 responded to the scene. Their crews began fire suppression. While attacking the car fire, Captain Kevin Smellegar (12-4) and 1st Lt. Shaun Ruocco (12-5-1) noticed the car severed the gas service to the house. The severed gas line was feeding the fire, causing it to spread. As the incident progressed the fire auto-exposed into the 1st floor and attic of the home. With the help of our mutual aid companies the fire was extinguished within the hour.
The Nanuet FD, Orangeburg FD, West Nyack FD, Nyack FD, Tappan FD, Montvale FD, the Rockland County Technical Rescue Team responded. Pearl River Ambulance and Rockland Paramedic Services provided EMS coverage. The South Spring Valley fire department provided fire coverage while Pearl River units were working the incident.