MAHOPAC FALLS, N.Y. - A fire left three Mahopac Falls residents homeless after a blaze ripped through their Oak Road home in the Lake Secor section of the hamlet early Tuesday morning.
Just before 1 a.m. on Feb. 18, the 911 Center call board lit up with multiple calls for a house fire on Oak Road West in the Lake Secor section of the Mahopac Falls Fire District. Initial information said there may be people in the home.
Mahopac Falls Volunteer Fire Department officials said that first responders arrived in a matter of minutes to find a fully involved structure.
“I was one of the first on the scene within four minutes of the call and the house was a total loss,” said MFVFD Chief Jeff Boyle.
The three residents inside the home got out safely but Mahopac Falls EMS and EMStar paramedics examined them and decided to take them to Hudson Valley Medical Center in Cortlandt for evaluation. Boyle said they suffered from smoke inhalation but would be fine. No other injuries were reported.
Boyle said about 30 firefighters were on the scene from Mahopac Falls and with mutual aid from Putnam Valley. Crews remained on the scene, he said, until about 4 a.m.
Low-hanging wires that were still live hampered the fire crews. A call to NYSEG had a crew on the scene as firefighters battled the blaze.
Multiple Carmel police units were on the scene keeping neighbors at a safe distance.
Putnam County Fire Investigation officials responded and their probe into the cause of the fire continues.