June 21, 2012

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Port Jervis fire brings response from departments in three states

Firefighters had to deal with temperatures in the
upper 90s as they fought the multiple blazes

PORT JERVIS – Fire at 109 North Orange Street in the City of Port Jervis at mid-afternoon Thursday as brought out fire departments from New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Four houses were up in flames. Port Jervis officials are requesting that area residents restrict the use of water where possible until 9 p.m. due to the high volume of water used to fight the fire.

As of 4 p.m., 20 fire departments are on the scene with six others on standby, said Orange County Emergency Services Commissioner Walter Koury.

Five firefighters and one resident were taken to the hospital or treated at the scene, Khoury said. The one civilian is an elderly woman.

There are also 11 EMS units at the scene.

Fire departments from as far away as Middletown and Monticello were called to the scene as well as closer units from Montague, New Jersey and Matamoras, Pennsylvania.

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