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Multiple Families Displayed by Carmel Fire

Firefighters from several companies in eastern Putnam were dispatched Jan. 20 to the old Hollywood Motel on Route 52 in Carmel for a fully-involved structure fire.

The volunteers were called to 539 Route 52 at about 5 p.m. and discovered the roof of the building on fire. First-arriving units immediately entered the multi-unit dwelling without the protection of a hose line to search for anyone who may be inside, but found the building empty.

Firefighters then began to fight the blaze, which took about two hours.

According to Kent Police Chief Kevin Owens, about 10 people were displaced. They were assisted by the American Red Cross, who set up a station at the Lake Carmel firehouse.

“Luckily no serious injuries were reported,” he said, noting that the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Multiple animals were also saved, according to Carmel Fire Department.

Responding agencies include the Lake Carmel, Carmel, Patterson, Kent, Mahopac, Brewster and East Fishkill fire departments; the Kent Police Department; New York State Police; and Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services and sheriff’s office.

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