Shortly after 8 P.M. on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009, the Suffern, NY, Fire Department was dispatched for a reported structure fire at Washington Avenue and Washington Circle in the downtown area of the village. The initial response also included a heavy rescue from the Tallman Fire Department on...
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It is estimated that over 175 firefighters took part in suppression activities and that approximately 1.2 million gallons of water were used. There was extremely minimal damage to exposures. An interesting sidebar is that one of the firefighters turned out not to be a firefighter at all. An Orange County, NY, man was found at the scene wearing FDNY gear and subsequently arrested. He has apparently been charged with criminal impersonation in the past, and is currently awaiting a hearing. At the time of this writing, the cause of the fire is under investigation and is still not known. What is known, however, is that the valuable lessons learned during this incident will be put to good use in the future.