September 3, 2013

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Fire damages local restaurant

POUGHKEEPSIE – It took firefighters almost two hours to completely extinguish a stubborn fire last Saturday night at a restaurant on Dutchess Turnpike in the Arlington Fire District. No injuries were reported in the blaze that was considered accidental.

The fire in the 150-year-old building that houses J. Dominick’s Trattoria began in a kitchen wall near the stove and spread through the walls to the second floor of the building. The kitchen and portions of the second floor were damaged, although the building is considered repairable, officials said.

“The presence of an automatic fire alarm system, coupled with the quick response of firefighters kept this situation from becoming much worse,” said Fire Captain Bill Steenbergh. “The age of the building, and its construction, made this a very difficult fire to extinguish. In buildings of this age, fire is able to travel undetected in the void spaces of the walls and floors.”

Firefighters from Arlington were assisted at the scene by the City of Poughkeepsie and LaGrange fire departments. Pleasant Valley and New Hamburg were on standby.


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