Thursday, July 19, 2018



Three-alarm fire heavily damages Port Jervis house, injures two firefighters

(Photo: Patty Baughman)

PORT JERVIS – Firefighters from several departments in Orange and Sullivan counties battled a three-alarm fire at 32 West Main Street in the City of Port Jervis on Wednesday afternoon.

The building is a single-family, two-story, wood-frame structure that was “pretty well heavily involved on two sides of the building” when firefighters arrived moments after the call came in, said Deputy Port Jervis Chief James Rohner.

Two firefighters were injured as they were venting the roof.

“A flashover occurred, which is when the super-heated smoke and gases literally reignite from the fire itself and it caused a very fierce amount of flame to blow out the windows so our firefighters on the roof had to literally jump down the ladder really fast and abandon that attempt,” said Rohner.

One firefighter was taken to the hospital. The other suffered burns to his hands, Rohner said.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.


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