MAHOPAC, N.Y. - A house on Barrett Hill Road in Mahopac was destroyed by fire Monday afternoon (March 11) and the cause of the blaze, though not labeled suspicious, is under investigation.
Mahopac Falls Volunteer Fire Department (MFVFD) Second Assistant Chief Robert Trace said the 9-1-1 call came in around 1:15 p.m. as a reported structure fire. Officers from the Carmel Police Department were first on the scene.
Trace said MFVFD responded with three tanker trucks and Mahopac Fire Department responded with one. Also, under mutual aid, a FAST team from Putnam Valley FD, and an engine from Carmel FD were on the scene. Somers and Mohegan FD were put on standby at the Mahopac Falls firehouse.
Trace said more than 30 firefighters were on hand to fight the blaze, which took around 20 minutes to extinguish. He said the home was a rental property and no one was living there at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported.
“It was unoccupied,” Trace said. “It was in the process of being remodeled.”
Trace said the Putnam County Fire Investigation team was on hand to determine the cause, but the fire was “not necessarily suspicious.”
“We got there in good time and were able to knock it down in about 20 minutes, but the house was a total loss,” he said.
A call was put in to NYSEG for a crew to kill power to the property. The road was closed to traffic for several hours and Mahopac School Transportation Supervisor Steve Troost coordinated student drop off with Mahopac Falls Fire Police officers for everyone's safety.