Patterson firefighters battled an early morning fire on Sunday for more than nine hours before it could be knocked down due to the lack of fire hydrants, according to the Patterson Fire Department.
To fight the fire, which started around 3:30 a.m. at Route 292 and Harmony Road, water had to be trucked in by tankers, said Chief Matt Szpindor.
To help battle the blaze, the department received mutual aid from Putnam Lake, Lake Carmel, Carmel, Pawling, and East Fishkill firefighters, he added.
The assisting departments helped by providing much needed water (from tankers) and manpower as the nearest water source was more than a mile away at the Patterson Firehouse on Route 311, Szpindor said.
Also assisting at the scene were Town of Patterson EMS, Putnam County Sheriff's Office, Putnam County Battalions 12 & 16, NYSEG (to cut power to downed electrical lines), and the Patterson Building Inspector.
Szpindor added that the Putnam County 911 worked tirelessly to fill requests for apparatus at the scene, and were also able to track down the sole occupant of the house, who was away at the time of the fire.
Two firefighters suffered minor injuries at the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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