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    Post Hudson, NY- 39 left homeless

    Five buildings burn, 39 people homeless

    (Hudson-AP) -- An entire street corner was destroyed by flames
    and 39 people were left homeless after a fire tore through five
    buildings in Hudson.
    The fire broke out just before dawn Sunday in the city 30 miles
    south of Albany. It swept through an old dance hall and jumped to
    neighboring buildings.
    Hudson Fire Lieutenant Bill Pulver said the building on the
    corner was a big ball of fire when he came out of his home across
    the alley. The heat from the fire melted his carport and the siding
    of his neighbor's home.
    It took about 100 firefighters 45 minutes to put out the flames.
    No injuries were reported.
    The Red Cross is helping those left homeless. Investigators are
    searching for the cause of the fire.

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    Default Hudson NY Multiple Alarm Fire

    The City of Hudson Fire Department was dispatched at 05:49 hrs for a reported structure fire at 66 North 2nd St. Withing a few seconds of initial dispatch Columbia County 911 and the Hudson Police Department reported receiving multiple calls on the incident. Upon arrival it determined that 3 residential apartment buildings were already involved, 2 of which were occupied.

    62-64 N 2nd St, was a vacant 2 story duplex with an attached one story 100 foot long dance hall. This building was totally involved and collapsed within 10 minutes of arrival.

    66-68 N 2nd St which also has a side entrance addressed as 201 Robinson St, was an occupied 2 story, 6 unit apartment building. Fire had taken control of most of the first and second floors upon arrival. Power lines in front of both sturctures were already in the street and arcing with several utility poles also burning..

    209 Robinson St, a 2 story occupied apartment building became involved as units were arriving. This structure was under direct flame exposure from the dance hall which terminated approximately one foot away in the rear yard. 211 Robinson was also receiving direct fire contact from the exposure fire at 209 Robinson.

    Also involved on arrival was an outbuilding and a detached garage in the alley at the rear of 209 Robinson, 2 vehicles at the rear of 210 State St, and a vehicle in front of 62-64 N 2nd.

    On the initial alarm Engines 27, 28, 30, Tower 32, and the rescue responded. A Second Alarm was transmitted at 05:32 which brought Engine 31 to the scene. This was followed by numerous requests in rapid succession which brought Greenport Engines 25-1, 25-2, 24-1, 24-2 and Catskill Ladders 3-2, and 3-15 to the scene. Catskill Engines 3-21, 3-12, and 3-1, an Engine from the Village of Athens, and Ladder 58-5 from Chatham relocated to the city for coverage. Engine 3-21, and the Athens Engine later came to the scene to relieve crews as did the Chatham ladder company.

    The fire was under control in approximately 45 minutes with the exception to the cockloft of 66-68 which was under control a short time later.

    62-64 was a total loss and collapsed shortly after arrival

    66-68 partially collapsed with the collapse of 62-64 resulting in a mostly exterior attack for the remainder.

    209 Robinson St received heavy fire damage to the 1st and 2nd floors. This building can be refurbished thanks to an aggressive interior attack. The outbuilding was destroyed and the garage received heavy damage.

    211 Robinson received damage to an exterior rear porch, the roof, and a small bathroom on the second floor.

    202 State St, and a detached garage in the alley behind it received exterior damage due to radiant heat exposure.

    2 of the involved vehicles were deemed salvagable and the 3rd was totally destroyed.

    5 minor injures were reported by firefighters.

    The makup of the neighborhood is such that all surrounding buildings are 2 stories or greater, and are wood construction, and all are occupied residential. The average spacing between each is 2-3 feet. The fact that the fire did not progress beyond where it was when the first lines went into operation shed light on the determination and aggressivness of all the crews involved.

    37 people were left homeless, none were injured. They were provided clothing vouchers by the Columbia County Fire Chief's Assn.

    Also assisting at the scene were the Greenport Rescue Squad who provided rehab and evaluation operations, the Columbia County Emergency Management Office, and the American Red Cross.

    The fire is under investigation by the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control. They are being assisted by the Columbia County Cause and Origin Team, and the Hudson Police Department.

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