2014 Calls 690

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Peekskill Fire Rescue

Westchester County                       Department 234

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January Dates to Remember

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."

A plan for the new central Firehouse has bee agreed upon by all parties involved. The building will be built on the Main and Broad Street site. It will no longer extend down Main Street. The building will be about 30,000 square feet and will contain all the areas that are essential to the performance of the Department. As plans become available they will be posted.

Members of the Peekskill Volunteer Fire Department participate in the Verplanck Parade.

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.