Disaster averted in Patterson Village fire Saturday
Recalling a horrific blaze that destroyed six units at the Patterson Village Condominiums a year and a half ago, fire crews responded in force Saturday after numerous 911 calls were received reporting a "working fire" at the sprawling complex off Route 311 in Patterson.
Patterson Assistant Chief Tom Dixon said emergency responders were greeted by flames shooting from unit 38A Patterson Village, which was occupied by two men authorities described as being developmentally disabled.
The pair escaped uninjured, although their unit suffered heavy fire and smoke damage to the living room and kitchen areas.
Fire crews from Patterson were assisted by members of the Putnam Lake, Lake Carmel and Pawling Fire Departments summoned under mutual aid shortly after the 9 a.m. blaze was reported.
Also assisting at the scene were members of the Putnam Sheriff's Department, New York State Police, Putnam Bureau of Emergency Services, Deputy Emergency Services Coordinator Ron Davies, members of the Patterson F.D. Fire Police under the direction of Lt. John Bodor and Putnam County Fire Investigation Team, who determined the blaze was not suspicious.
Chief Dixon said the cause was believed to be electrical in origin.
Remembering the blaze in June 2010 when 100 emergency responders from 18 fire companies throughout Putnam, Westchester, Dutchess and Fairfield counties were summoned to fight the inferno, many residents of the complex gathered out-of-doors to watch the fire crews extinguish the blaze.
Kim Tkacz had praise for the volunteers: "The firefighters got here in no time and had the fire under control in a short period. This was a good save. When I saw that smoke and heard all of the commotion, I really thought we were in for it again."