2014 Calls 690
Westchester County Department 234
January 6 Monthly Meeting Cortlandt H&L and Centennial Hose
January 7 Monthly Meeting Columbian Engine and Peekskill Fire Patrol
January 8 Meeting Washington Engine and Columbian Hose
January 9 Fire Police Meeting Station 5
January 14 Association Meeting
January 21 Officers' Meeting
January 22 Trustees' Meeting
PEEKSKILL – A three-alarm fire ripped through the Peekskill Central Market early Sunday morning.
Between 75 and 100 firefighters responded to the blaze at 900 Main St. around 2:15 a.m. The fire started in a dumpster on the first floor and quickly spread to second and third floors through the heating and air-conditioning ducts, according to Fire Chief Robert Fiorio.
"There was minor fire damage," he said, "but extensive smoke and water damage throughout the building."
The handsome 14,000-square-foot brick building dates to 1838 and once housed Kurzhals Hardware. It is currently being redeveloped by Gabriel Arango, a White Plains landlord, as retail and rental apartment space.
The building was empty at the time of the fire, and there were were no reported injuries.
But firefighters had to find a way inside the burning building, which was boarded up. It took firefighters about 75 minutes to bring blaze under control, Fiorio said.
"The place was all boarded up tight," he said. "So access was a little less than desired."
Fiorio said the fire is being treated as accidental. The exact cause is under investigation. Workers were inside the building on Saturday doing construction, Fiorio said.
On Sunday, the acrid smell of smoke hung in the air as the developer's son, Gabriel Arango, stood outside and surveyed the damage.
The garage door had been smashed and the interior of the first floor was dripping wet.
"Thankfully, it's not as bad as it looks," said Arango, 28. "It looks like it only really burnt the back of the building and the garage section."
The Peekskill Volunteer Fire Department responded to 690 fire calls in 2014. This was the first time in many years that the Department did not respond to at least 700 calls. 2015 has started with what would seem like an increase in calls with 77, but in actuality it is 3 less then January 2014.