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Power Line Lands On Car, Causes It To Catch On Fire Near Westchester Homes Power Line Lands On Car, Causes It To Catch On Fire Near Westchester Homes
Power Line Lands On Car, Causes It To Catch On Fire Near Westchester Homes A downed power line caused a car to go up in flames while parked dangerously close to homes and other parked vehicles in Westchester, fire officials said. The incident happened on Wednesday, May 22 just after 1:30 p.m., when a power line fell on top of a parked car in the area of Magnolia Avenue and Prospect Avenue in Larchmont, the Larchmont Fire Department announced on Thursday, May 23.  Arriving fire crews found that the vehicle had gone up in flames, endangering another parked car and a home close by.  Because the blaze was caused by an active electrical line, firefighters ha…
Car Goes Up In Flames On Route 9 In Croton-On-Hudson Car Goes Up In Flames On Route 9 In Croton-On-Hudson
Car Goes Up In Flames On Route 9 In Croton-On-Hudson Smoke was seen on a busy main route in Northern Westchester when a vehicle went up in flames.  The incident happened on Saturday, May 11 around 1:40 p.m., when a car caught on fire on Route 9 southbound in Croton-on-Hudson just south of the pedestrian bridge.  According to the village's fire department, the blaze began in the vehicle's engine compartment and was quickly put out. The car was removed from the road after around an hour. No injuries were reported. 
'Startled' Cat Rescued From Apartment After Oven Sparks Blaze In Croton 'Startled' Cat Rescued From Apartment After Oven Sparks Blaze In Croton
'Startled' Cat Rescued From Apartment After Oven Sparks Blaze In Croton A cat was rescued and returned to its owners by firefighters after an oven sparked a fire inside a Northern Westchester apartment. The blaze began just before 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 6 at an apartment building on Sunset Trail in Croton-on-Hudson, according to the village's fire department.  Arriving crews found smoke coming from the building's ground floor and the floor above before forcing their way into a lower-level apartment. There, they found an active oven fire and put it out quickly.  Firefighters then searched the building and found a "startled" cat, which was soon …
2 Firefighters Injured In Blaze At Westchester Residence 2 Firefighters Injured In Blaze At Westchester Residence
2 Firefighters Injured In Blaze At Westchester Residence Two firefighters were injured while battling a blaze at a residence in Westchester.  The fire happened in White Plains on Thursday, Feb. 29 at a residence on South Broadway, according to the city's fire department.  The blaze began in the attic and walls of the structure but was quickly knocked out before it could spread and cause more damage to the home, firefighters said.  No occupants in the home were harmed, but two firefighters suffered minor injuries during the effort to put out the blaze, the department said. 
Woman Who Served As Fire Department Chaplain In Northern Westchester Dies After Cancer Battle Woman Who Served As Fire Department Chaplain In Northern Westchester Dies After Cancer Battle
Woman Who Served As Fire Department Chaplain In Northern Westchester Dies After Cancer Battle A Northern Westchester woman who served as chaplain for her village's fire department is being remembered for her devout faith and her ability to bring comfort to those who needed it most.  Croton-on-Hudson resident Judith Anderson died on Friday, June 26 at the age of 75 after a battle with cancer, according to her obituary.  Well-known for her service as Lay Chaplain for the Croton-on-Hudson Fire Department for several years, Anderson was a source of comfort and warmth for many members and brought a "sense of faith" to firefighters and their loved ones, the department said …
Former Fire Chief From Northern Westchester Dies: 'He Will Be Deeply Missed' Former Fire Chief From Northern Westchester Dies: 'He Will Be Deeply Missed'
Former Fire Chief From Northern Westchester Dies: 'He Will Be Deeply Missed' A former chief of a fire department in Northern Westchester who remained active in serving the community has died.  Irwin Schriro, the ex-chief of the Somers Volunteer Fire Department, died on Sunday, March 5 at the age of 63 following a short illness, the fire department announced.  Originally joining the department in 1987, Schriro served as chief from both 1999-2001 and 2011-2014. He remained an active member up to his death and had finished qualifying a new driver on her first piece of fire apparatus just before his illness, the department said. During his…
'Pray For Him': Young Dispatcher For Westchester County Hospitalized 'Pray For Him': Young Dispatcher For Westchester County Hospitalized
'Pray For Him': Young Dispatcher For Westchester County Hospitalized A beloved dispatcher for Westchester County's Emergency Communications Center has been hospitalized, prompting support from colleagues and friends from throughout the area.  Dispatcher JT Camp, who serves the county's dispatch center "60 Control" in Valhalla, was announced to be hospitalized for an unknown condition by the communications center on Wednesday, Jan. 4.  Known to be a source of knowledge about all things fire-related, Camp's colleagues described him as "one of the nicest guys on Earth" in a post.  "He’s all about the job, he can tell you what siren a specif…
What Was That? Alarm Sounds During Drill In Westchester What Was That? Alarm Sounds During Drill In Westchester
What Was That? Alarm Sounds During Drill In Westchester Although it sounded like a real emergency, the alarms that could be heard at a reservoir in Westchester County were only part of a routine drill.  On Friday, Oct. 21, at around 10 a.m., the New York City Department of Environmental Protection conducted an annual full-scale exercise in Yonkers at the Hillview Reservoir, city officials announced in a tweet.  The drill involved the activation of alarm systems, evacuating the reservoir's personnel and contractors, and also the presence of fire department trucks, Yonkers officials said.  During the exercise, the alarm sounded off…
Treasurer Pleads Guilty To Stealing $37K From Hudson Valley Fire Department, DA Says Treasurer Pleads Guilty To Stealing $37K From Hudson Valley Fire Department, DA Says
Treasurer Pleads Guilty To Stealing $37K From Hudson Valley Fire Department, DA Says A Hudson Valley fire department treasurer has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $37,000 from the department's coffers Rockland County District Attorney Tom Walsh announced Tuesday, Dec. 14, the plea of guilty by Christopher Nau, a Spring Valley Volunteer Firefighter to grand larceny. Nau was the treasurer for the Columbian Engine Company and served as the Assistant Treasurer for the Spring Valley Fire Department, the DA's Office said. As a condition of the plea, the defendant will be required to pay back the entirety of the funds taken from Spring Valley Fire Department and Columbian En…
Beloved High School Teacher, Coach In Northern Westchester Dies Beloved High School Teacher, Coach In Northern Westchester Dies
Beloved High School Teacher, Coach In Northern Westchester Dies A lifelong Hudson Valley resident who was a beloved high school coach, and teacher, as well as the chief of a local fire department, and a standout college athlete in Connecticut, has died. Northern Westchester resident Michael Repp, of Somers and formerly of Katonah, died on Wednesday, Oct. 6 at age 82 at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco.  He was born in Orange County on May 15th, 1939, in Cornwall, to the late Michael and Irene Repp. He was raised in Katonah, attended Saint Mary’s School in Katonah, and was a member of the first graduating class from John Jay High S…
State Of Emergency Declared In One Of Westchester Largest Cities Over Lack Of Finances State Of Emergency Declared In One Of Westchester Largest Cities Over Lack Of Finances
State Of Emergency Declared In One Of Westchester Largest Cities Over Lack Of Finances The mayor of one of Westchester’s largest cities is sounding the alarms and declaring a State of Emergency as the community contends with “gross negligence and dereliction of duty” of the city’s Comptroller. Mount Vernon Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard announced on Thursday, July 15 that she has declared a State of Emergency due to internal strife at City Hall as Comptroller Deborah Reynolds allegedly failed to process or pay invoices for hundreds of thousands of dollars for city vehicles. According to Patterson-Howard, Reynolds has failed to pay approximately $500,000 for critical parts and …
Three Firefighters Injured After Battling Blaze At Westchester Home Three Firefighters Injured After Battling Blaze At Westchester Home
Three Firefighters Injured After Battling Blaze At Westchester Home Three firefighters were injured battling a blaze in a Westchester home filled with clutter and junk. The fire took place around 3:56 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23, at a single-family home located on the 100 block of Scott Avenue in Yonkers, said Deputy Chief Joseph Citrone. The fire started from an electrical outlet that sparked and ignited a mattress, Citrone said. "Fire crews had an extremely difficult time putting out the fire due to junk being piled to the ceiling making it hard to reach the seat of the fire," Citrone said. The house was so cluttered that it resulted in a large fire loa…
COVID-19: Here Are New Groups Who Can Now Get Vaccines In NY COVID-19: Here Are New Groups Who Can Now Get Vaccines In NY
Covid-19: Here Are New Groups Who Can Now Get Vaccines In NY New groups of New Yorkers are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine - though it could be some time until they are able to “get the needle into their arms.” Beginning on Monday, Jan. 11, New York entered “phase 1B” of the state’s vaccination program, which will permit new groups to receive the oft-talked about vaccine. In phase 1B, first responders, corrections officers, teachers, transit workers, and the general population over the age of 75 are eligible to receive their first doses. A total of 3.2 million New Yorkers are eligible to be vaccinated in phase 1B, including: 870,000…
COVID-19: Here Are Number Of Sites Enrolled To Administer Vaccine In Hudson Valley COVID-19: Here Are Number Of Sites Enrolled To Administer Vaccine In Hudson Valley
Covid-19: Here Are Number Of Sites Enrolled To Administer Vaccine In Hudson Valley More than 100 COVID-19 vaccination sites have already been set up in the Hudson Valley, with hundreds more expected to be activated in the region as New York prepares to roll out the vaccine for the general public. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that there are currently 105 vaccination sites active on Long Island, with a total of 713 expected by the time the vaccine is ready for wide dissemination. To date, 3,762 providers have applied and been approved by the state to serve as vaccination sites with 636 locations are now activated and permitted to begin vaccinating eligible New Yorkers, w…
Westchester Woman Rescued, Dog Killed In I-84 Crash Between SUV, Fire Vehicle Westchester Woman Rescued, Dog Killed In I-84 Crash Between SUV, Fire Vehicle
Westchester Woman Rescued, Dog Killed In I-84 Crash Between SUV, Fire Vehicle A woman had to be extricated after a serious crash involving an SUV and fire department vehicle resulted in the death of a dog. It happened in Orange County on Wednesday, May 27 at 4:30 p.m. in Greenville. A state police investigation revealed that a Town of Greenville fire police truck, a Ford F550, was parked in the passing lane of I-84 eastbound with emergency lighting activated.  The fire vehicle was blocking the lane for a motor vehicle crash that was approximately a half-mile ahead.  A full-size fire truck was parked a quarter-mile ahead of the fire vehicle in the pas…
Woman Rescued After House Fire Breaks Out In Westchester Woman Rescued After House Fire Breaks Out In Westchester
Woman Rescued After House Fire Breaks Out In Westchester A woman was rescued from a Westchester home after a fire broke out, officials said. Shortly before 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9, firefighters in New Rochelle responded to the Chatsworth Place home, Fire Chief Andy Sandor said.  Upon arrival, they found flames coming out the front of the home and a woman trapped in the second floor of the burning residence. Firefighters were able to save the woman, and helped her down a ladder from the balcony in the back of the home, officials said. She was rescued without injury. It took crews approximately an hour to get the fire under control and the …
'Probie' Helps Deliver Baby Girl On First Run As Firefighter In Westchester 'Probie' Helps Deliver Baby Girl On First Run As Firefighter In Westchester
'Probie' Helps Deliver Baby Girl On First Run As Firefighter In Westchester A "probie" (probationary) firefighter got more than he bargained for on his first shift, the delivery of a baby. The delivery took place around 7:27 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 14, on Riverdale Avenue, said Yonkers Deputy Chief Joseph Citrone. According to the chief, members from engine company 303 from Station 3 on Vark St. including Capt. Chris Canfield, FF Tom Kilduff, FF Tom Halpin, and Probationary FF Michael Iacovello delivered a baby girl.  "That was PFF Iacovello’s first tour in the firehouse," Citrone said. All are well. 
Emergency Dismissals At Two Westchester Schools After Strong Paint Fumes Fill Part Of Buildings Emergency Dismissals At Two Westchester Schools After Strong Paint Fumes Fill Part Of Buildings
Emergency Dismissals At Two Westchester Schools After Strong Paint Fumes Fill Part Of Buildings Students at two Northern Westchester schools were released early due to paint fumes, the school district said. At approximately 9:30 am, Friday, Dec. 13, paint fumes began to fill the halls of Westlake Middle School and Westlake High School in Mount Pleasant, said Mount Pleasant Central School District Superintendent Dr. Kurtis Kotes. According to Kotes, the source of the fumes was quickly determined to be from paint being used by a contractor who was painting the Westlake Middle School boiler room. Work was immediately stopped and the district construction manager overseeing the proj…
Fire Severely Damages Westchester Home Fire Severely Damages Westchester Home
Fire Severely Damages Westchester Home A three-alarm fire gutted a Westchester home. First responders were dispatched to a Grandview Avenue home in Rye shortly after midnight on Saturday, Sept. 14, when a fire broke out in a local residence, prompting a response from several area fire departments. Upon arrival, officials said that firefighters were met with heavy fire throughout the structure and required mutual aid from surrounding departments. Crews worked for hours to get the blaze under control, before leaving the scene at approximately 8:15 a.m. on Saturday morning. No one was home when the fire broke out, officials noted.…
Three-Alarm Fire With Explosions Breaks Out At Half Moon Bay In Croton Three-Alarm Fire With Explosions Breaks Out At Half Moon Bay In Croton
Three-Alarm Fire With Explosions Breaks Out At Half Moon Bay In Croton This story has been updated. Firefighters from multiple municipalities battled a three-alarm blaze at a luxury condominium complex in Northern Westchester. The fire broke out in a single unit at the Half Moon Bay complex in Croton,  just before 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, and there were explosions reported, according to authorities at the scene. The fire, which was confined to the one unit, was brought under control by 10 a.m. The Croton-on-Hudson, Yorktown Heights, Ossining, Verplanck, Mohegan, Tarrytown and Millwood fire departments all responded along with several Marine u…
12 Families Displaced In Two-Alarm Westchester Blaze That Causes Metro-North Delays 12 Families Displaced In Two-Alarm Westchester Blaze That Causes Metro-North Delays
12 Families Displaced In Two-Alarm Westchester Blaze That Causes Metro-North Delays Ten firefighters were injured and a dozen families displaced when a fire broke out that left two houses in Westchester destroyed and caused Metro-North delays. Crews were dispatched to 781 Warburton Ave. in Yonkers at approximately 8:40 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19, when flames broke out in the first building affected, Deputy Fire Chief Daniel Flynn said. In total, 55 firefighters responded to the scene, with additional relief crews called in for assistance. Flynn said that upon arrival, crews found that the fire had spread throughout the building, and the rear walls of the building collapsed…
Massive Fire Destroys Hudson Valley Car Dealer Being Used As Set For HBO Miniseries Massive Fire Destroys Hudson Valley Car Dealer Being Used As Set For HBO Miniseries
Massive Fire Destroys Hudson Valley Car Dealer Being Used As Set For HBO Miniseries A massive fire destroyed a Hudson Valley car dealership where HBO was filming a mini-series starring Mark Ruffalo and former Nyack resident Rosie O'Donnell. The fire started around 12:58 a.m., Thursday, May 9, at 188 South Main Street, in Ellenville at 613 Automotive, said Ellenville Police Chief Philip Mattracion. The business was being used to film the upcoming mini-series based on the Wally Lamb book "I Know This Much Is True." The movie production company had been filming on Wednesday, May 8 and there were numerous vintage cars on the lot to be used in the film. When police officers ar…
10-Vehicle Crash With Numerous Injuries Shuts Down Route 9 Stretch 10-Vehicle Crash With Numerous Injuries Shuts Down Route 9 Stretch
10-Vehicle Crash With Numerous Injuries Shuts Down Route 9 Stretch A 10-vehicle crash on Route 9 caused numerous injuries, including from victims trapped in a burning car, and closed the highway in Northern Westchester for at least an hour. The crash took place around 10:46 a.m., Wednesday, May 8, near Main Street in Peekskill, said Peekskill Police Det. Sgt. Jack Galusha. "We are still trying to sort out this mess, but thanks goodness there were no fatalities," Galusha said. Numerous people were injured, but Galusha did not have a number of how many. He also said that some had to be rescued from one of the vehicles which burst into flames. One of th…
Two Families Displaced After Apartment Fire Breaks Out In Westchester Two Families Displaced After Apartment Fire Breaks Out In Westchester
Two Families Displaced After Apartment Fire Breaks Out In Westchester A fire in a multi-family apartment building that left several families temporarily displaced. The fire was reported on Beech Street at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, prompting a heavy response from multiple fire departments in the area. In total, approximately nine companies and three dozen firefighters responded to the scene. No injuries were reported. Fire officials said that it took approximately a half hour to knock down the flames, which were largely contained to the first floor of the building, though some second-floor units suffered damage, as did the building itself…
$17.5M Bond To Build New Route 22 Firehouse Narrowly Defeated In Bedford $17.5M Bond To Build New Route 22 Firehouse Narrowly Defeated In Bedford
$17.5M Bond To Build New Route 22 Firehouse Narrowly Defeated In Bedford Residents in Bedford narrowly voted against a $17.5 million bond to replace the fire department’s firehouse, which has stood since 1929. The vote was 651-619. The proposed firehouse would have been just south of Bedford village on Route 22 and nearly double the size of the current firehouse.  The proposal met resistance from some residents worried about further tax increases and the scope of the project. If it had passed, taxpayers would have seen an increase of approximately $225. “The Bond Resolution Failed!,” the department posted on Facebook late on Tuesday night. “We are devasta…
Two Public Works Employees Rescued After Boat Overturns In Croton River Two Public Works Employees Rescued After Boat Overturns In Croton River
Two Public Works Employees Rescued After Boat Overturns In Croton River Two Croton Public Works employees were rescued by members from the Croton-on-Hudson Fire Department after being stranded in the Croton River. The rescue took place a little after 9 a.m., Tuesday, April 30, when the department was notified of an overturned boat with two people in the water near the Croton River's Silver Lake Park, said the Croton-on-Hudson Fire Department. The employees had been performing maintenance work on the river at the time of the accident.  Upon arrival, firefighters found a boat belonging to the Public Works Department had capsized, stranding one party on a ro…
Two-Alarm House Fire Causes Roadway Closure In Northern Westchester Two-Alarm House Fire Causes Roadway Closure In Northern Westchester
Two-Alarm House Fire Causes Roadway Closure In Northern Westchester This story has been updated. A two-alarm house fire has caused the closure of a roadway in Northern Westchester. Fire departments from multiple municipalities are battling the blaze on Virginia Lane in Thornwood, which has resulted in the closure of Nannyhagen Road between Westlake Drive and Swanson Drive early Monday evening, April 29. This is a developing story. Check back to Daily Voice for updates.
Family Displaced By North White Plains Fire Family Displaced By North White Plains Fire
Family Displaced By North White Plains Fire No injuries were reported when an early morning fire temporarily displaced a family in Westchester. First responders were dispatched to a North White Plains residence shortly before 3 a.m. on Friday, April 26, where there was a report of a fire in the basement of the home. According to the police in North Castle, first responders from the North Castle Police Department, North White Plains, Valhalla, West Harrison and Thornwood fire departments and paramedics from Valhalla all responded to the scene on Church Street. Officials said that all occupants were able to safely exit the residence w…
Four-Alarm Fire Breaks Out At Apartment Building In Westchester Four-Alarm Fire Breaks Out At Apartment Building In Westchester
Four-Alarm Fire Breaks Out At Apartment Building In Westchester Fire departments from multiple municipalities are battling a four-alarm blaze that broke out at a six-story apartment building in Westchester. The fire was reported around 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 12 at 15 Parkview Ave. in Yonkers, prompting an immediate evacuation. The fire went from two alarms to four alarms in the span of less than an hour and firefighters are still battling the blaze just before 8 p.m. There has been no word of any injuries. This is a developing story. Check back to Daily Voice for updates.
Two-Alarm Fire Breaks Out At Building In Westchester Two-Alarm Fire Breaks Out At Building In Westchester
Two-Alarm Fire Breaks Out At Building In Westchester A two-alarm fire broke out in a home for adults in Westchester. Fire crews were dispatched to the building on Lockwood Avenue in New Rochelle at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 8, where there was a report of a working fire, officials said. The blaze reportedly broke out on the second floor of the building and was quickly knocked down. The incident reportedly caused an evacuation of the building as firefighters dealt with the fire. Multiple engines from the New Rochelle Fire Department responded to the scene to deal with the reported fire.  This is a developing story. Check b…
Landlord With 70 Violations Arrested In Westchester Landlord With 70 Violations Arrested In Westchester
Landlord With 70 Violations Arrested In Westchester A prominent Westchester landlord with more than 70 fire and housing code summonses on his record tried to fight the law, and the law won. The City of Yonkers’ top fire and building code scofflaw and landlord, Aurielo Assuncao, was arrested late last week after avoiding bench warrants from more than 70 housing and fire code summonses that have been issued by the Fire Department and Department of Housing and Buildings. Assuncao was taken into police custody on Friday, Jan. 18 and held for code violations at the five properties he owned or once owned. According to Yonkers officials, over the …