Although a home was destroyed, no one was injured when a fire tore through a Mahopac Falls house in the early morning hours of Jan. 24.
The Mahopac Falls Volunteer Fire Department was called at about 2 a.m. to a reported structure fire at a residence on Old Bullet Hole Road, according to Public Information Officer Ellen Sacher.
Assistant Chief Jason Stasiak was first to arrive at the scene and discovered a single-family home fully engulfed in flames. After rescue workers confirmed the family had safely evacuated and conducted a thorough scene size-up, it became evident that additional resources were needed, and mutual aid was requested to bring in extra tankers to tackle the intensifying blaze.
Accessing water was a challenge due to the extended stretch up Old Bullet Hole Road. However, responders efficiently established a water source approximately a mile from the scene, and a relay system was set up, said Sacher. This strategic move enabled firefighters to effectively combat the fire, utilizing handlines and Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department’s ladder truck.
No injuries were sustained by family members or firefighters.
The collaborative efforts of multiple departments, including the Mahopac, Putnam Valley, Kent, Carmel, Brewster, Mohegan, Somers and Yorktown fire departments, as well as the Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services and Carmel Volunteer Ambulance Corps, played a crucial role in managing the incident, according to Sacher.
Investigations into the cause of the fire are underway, and further updates will be provided as they become available, she said.