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2nd Fire Erupts at Suffern Apartment Complex within 4 hours of the first

Wednesday, March 11, 2015  Rockland Journal NewsSUFFERN – A second fire erupted inside one of the village's oldest apartment complexes Wednesday morning as flames shot into the sky and left an estimated 25 to 30 people without homes after a night of firefighting, authorities said.Suffern firefighters and other volunteers rushed back to the Berkeley Square Apartments at 3:04 a.m. when flames started damaging another apartment section at 156 Wayne Ave. The first fire at 6:45 p.m. damaged a basement, the first floor and more than a dozen apartments from flames and firefighting.

"My guesstimate is 25 to 30 people at this point lost their homes," Suffern Police Chief Clarke Osborn said. "More than 20 apartments [were] damaged to some degree. We don't know the causes of the two fires. We always deem a fire suspicious until it's shown it's not."

Berkeley Square Apartments in Suffern after a fire erupted in the complex. (Photo: Suffern Police Department)


Previous coverage: Fire damages Suffern apartment building

Osborn said when firefighters and police left the complex at 11 p.m. after the first fire, patrol officers reported another fire in the adjacent building about four hours later. A resident called 911 about an alarm going off to

The fire was on the second floor. Firefighters from Suffern, Tallman and Mahwah were brought back to the scene. Osborn estimated six to eight apartments were destroyed or heavily damaged.

"It was pretty serious," Osborn said. "The officers saw flames coming out."

Osborn said many of the displaced people went to families or were being assisted by the American Red Cross.

The first fire started in the basement and climbed through the walls and floor on the first level. Firefighters extinguished the fire within 20 minutes, Suffern Fire Chief Michael Starks said, but not before the flames reached the attic and damaged the basement and first floor.

"Damage to the basement was quite extensive because all the utilities sort of originate from that area," Starks said Tuesday night, adding that the fire burned through the first floor "quite a bit."

More than 60 firefighters were at the scene to battle the blaze, including those from Suffern, Tallman, Hillcrest, Monsey, and Spring Valley, Starks said.

An investigation into the fire remains ongoing and is being conducted by the Rockland County Sheriff's Bureau of Criminal Investigations and Suffern Police Department Detective Bureau, Starks said.

nearly identical fire burned through another building in the Berkeley complex nearly a year ago, starting in the basement before firefighters had it under control.

The 10-building complex built in 1962 includes 150 apartments.






   


 

Tallman called to assist Suffern in Apartment Complex Fire

Tuesday, March 10, 2015  Rockland Journal News

A basement fire caused heavy damage to a Suffern apartment complex Tuesday night.

The fire began around 6:45 p.m. in the basement of a two-story building in the Berkeley Square Apartments, at 156 Wayne Ave., Suffern Fire Chief Michael Starks said. Firefighters extinguished the fire within 20 minutes, Starks said, but not before the flames reached the attic and damaged the basement and first floor.

"Damage to the basement was quite extensive because all the utilities sort of originate from that area," Starks said, adding that the fire burned through the first floor "quite a bit."

There were no injuries, Starks said.

More than 60 firefighters were at the scene to battle the blaze, including those from Suffern, Tallman, Hillcrest, Monsey and Spring Valley, Starks said.

The fire caused Wayne Avenue to close down for about three hours, Suffern Police said.

The apartment building is now uninhabitable, Starks said

Firefighters were called back to the scene in the early morning hours when the flames rekindled. Police said at 6 a.m. the fire was out again.

The two-story building contained 16 apartments and was one of several similar buildings in the complex, Starks said. The fire chief did not know how many people had been displaced.

Investigation into the fire remains ongoing and is being conducted by the Rockland County Sheriff's Bureau of Criminal Investigations and Suffern Police, Starks said.

nearly identical fire burned through another building in the Berkeley complex nearly a year ago, starting in the basement before firefighters had it under control.





     



 

Airmont Home Destroyed in early morning fire

Photo courtesy of Asst. Chief Andrew Schiessel

Photo courtesy of Asst. Chief Andrew
      Schiessel

Wednesday, February 25, 2015  Rockland Journal News

AIRMONT – Flames quickly consumed a two-story house early Thursday that had recently been sold.

Monsey Fire Chief Rick LaGarde said the fire at 3 Park Ave. appears suspicious and that several agencies are investigating.

The flames threatened a house next door, where a police officer woke up sleeping neighbors and got them to safety, police said.

The fire in the brown, wood frame, one-family house was reported to firefighters at 2:02 a.m. LaGarde said when he arrived four minutes later "there were flames coming out every door, window and through the roof."

The roof collapsed within 10 minutes.

Ramapo police Officer Daniel Jacaruso, on patrol, had come upon the fire after noticing smoke in the vicinity of Saddle River Road, police said. He found the fire engulfing 3 Park, off Saddle River, and threatening the house next door at 5 Park.

People were home at 5 Park, but flames and heat from the blaze next door kept the officer from reaching the front door. So, he banged on the back door, woke up three older people inside and helped them to safety, police said. The fire melted the siding on one side of their home.

Photo courtesy of Monsey Asst Chief Andrew Schiessel




   


 

Tallman Firefighters complete Bloodborne Pathogens Training

Monday, February 16, 2015   Tallman Firefighters completed there annual Bloodborne Pathogens training. This training is mandated by OSHA and is done once per year.

The firefighters have been trained on the latest techniques to protect both victims of accidents as well as themselves when responding to calls that could transmit pathogens.

Safety for all is of utmost concern which goes hand in hand with the many rescues that our firefighters are called to perform many times each year.

   


 

Tallman mutual aid to South Spring Valley Structure Fire

Monday, February 16, 2015  Rockland Journal News

CHESTNUT RIDGE – The bitterly cold weather is making it a challenge for anyone venturing outside, especially the firefighters who had to fight a house fire for hours Monday on Manis Avenue.

More than 50 firefighters from South Spring Valley, Hillcrest, Monsey, Orangeburg, Pearl River, Spring Valley and Tallman were dispatched to 38 Manis Ave. around 8 a.m.

The blaze was originally called in as a refrigerator fire, then spread throughout the structure.

The first crew arrived to find flames coming from the roof of the 2,909-square-foot ranch, with a black column of smoke visible from the nearby Garden State Parkway Extension.

Firefighters also had to deal with extreme cold that froze hoses and a hydrant. Crews were rotated to help get them out of the freeze.

"The weather was a big factor," said Vincent Curcio, chief of the South Spring Valley Fire Department. "You're time gets cut in half when it's this cold outside."

Fire hydrants are supposed to drain into a well beneath the frost line. Faulty valves or other problems can cause them to flood and freeze in the frigid weather. United Water, which maintains the county's fire hydrants, said the hydrant in question was last inspected Jan. 15.

"It's kind of a crap shoot," Curcio said of the hydrant. "It may give you water, or it may not. It's nobody's fault in temperatures like this."

The owner, Marge Lapadula managed to get out safely, and there were no injuries, Curcio said.

Firefighters remained at the scene through noon. The fire heavily damaged the home.

An investigation is underway by the Rockland County Sheriff's BCI unit into what sparked the fire.

     



 

Tallman Firefighters complete Hazmat Training

Monday, February 9, 2015   Tallman Firefighters recently completed their annual Hazmat training and updates. This is mandated by OSHA and is crucial in keeping our residents safe when dealing with any kind of hazardous spill or accident.

With the huge number of trucks on the NY State Thruway carrying a wide variety of hazardous materials, as well as the increased use of freight trains with Hazardous substances onboard, its essential for firefighters to quickly determine the level of danger, and the actions that need to be taken to insure the safety of residents and firefighters.

This is extensive training and reflects the every changing nature of firefighting in our community.

   


 

Home severely damaged by Fire In Montebello Pines

Friday, January 16, 2015  Rockland Journal NewsMONTEBELLO – An Oxford Drive home was damaged Thursday when a fire broke out in the attic, Ramapo police said.

The blaze, which began at 51 Oxford Drive about 6:15 p.m., forced a family from their home, but caused no injuries.

Tallman firefighters were aided at the scene by volunteers from the Sloatsburg, Suffern, Spring Valley and Mahwah, New Jersey, fire departments. Police said the Hillburn and Hillcrest departments were held on standby. Ramapo Valley Ambulance also responded to the call.

Fire and building inspectors from the village were investigating the fire Thursday, but believe it was caused by an electrical problem near a chimney in the home's attic, police said.

     



 

Tallman Truck Committee members visit Seagrave Factory for Final Inspection of new pumper

Tuesday, August 19, 2014   The Truck Committee of the Tallman Fire Department spend 2 days visiting the Seagrave Factory in Clintonville, Wisconsin, to perform a final inspection of its new 2000 GPM Pumper, which will be designated 20- Tanker.


During the visit, every specification was reviewed for accuracy, every function and feature was tested, the truck was pumped and road tested. Minor last minute changes were made, and the truck will be in the NY area in about 2 weeks for final fitting, lettering and get ready for service.

     



 

Tallman FD responds to Fatal Head on Collision on NY State Thruway

Tuesday, August 12, 2014  The State Police are investigating a two-car fatal motor vehicle accident that occurred on the New York State Thruway I-87 northbound, shortly before 7:00 AM on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 in the Village of Suffern, Rockland County.The Tallman Fire Department assisted the NY State Troopers and provided recovery at the scene
 
At approximately 6:54 AM, NYS Thruway communications received calls of a blue pickup truck traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of I-87 in the area of exit 15 in the Village of Suffern.  Immediately following, Thruway dispatch received calls for a two vehicle accident at mpm 29.5. 
 
Troopers immediately responded and encountered a two vehicle collision at that location with the drivers and sole occupants deceased. 
 
At this time, a preliminary investigation has revealed that a 2002 Dodge Dakota operated by Richard E. Christopher, age 32, of Suffern, NY was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of I-87 for unknown reasons.
 
Christopher’s vehicle struck head-on, a 2003 Honda CRV operated by James B. DeVito, age 59, of Airmont, NY.  Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene.
 
State Police can confirm Richard Christopher was a member of the New York City Police Department who was off-duty at the time of the accident.
 
The investigation into the accident is continuing with the assistance of the New York State Police Collision reconstruction unit, as well the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. 
 
State Police were assisted by the Town of Ramapo Police Department, NYS Thruway Traffic Safety & Maintenance, and the Tallman Fire Department.
 
Anyone with information is asked to contact the State Police at SP Haverstraw at 845-364-0200.  

     
Photo Courtesy of Rockland Paramedics

Photo Courtesy of Rockland Paramedics



 

Tallman FD responds to Fully Involved Car Fire

Tuesday, July 29, 2014   The Tallman Fire Department was dispatched to a Vehicle fire on Route 202 and Cutler Court. The vehicle was fully involved and Route 202 was closed to all traffic until the fire was extinguished. 20-2001 was first due and was backed up by 20-2000.

   


 
 
 

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