Passers-by offer firefighters water and food



Fire caused heavy damage to a River Road home in Damascus Township Saturday morning. No one was home at the time of the blaze.


Fire caused heavy damage to a River Road home in Damascus Township Saturday morning. No one was home at the time of the blaze.

 

Equinunk volunteer firefighter Mike Turner said eight fire companies responded, including Equinunk, Beach Lake, Lake Huntington, Callicoon, Hortonville, Jeffersonville, White Lake, and Monticello.

 

Turner says he was at Tyler Hill Camp three miles away when he saw the smoke. “I could see the smoke coming. I knew it was serious,” he said.

 

Once on scene, Turner said, “Flames were coming out of the east end of the house; and smoke was pouring out of every crack.”

 

Turner says they were concerned about a large propane tank sitting outside the home, that it might blow. “We got it cooled down enough,” he said.

 

Turner says they blew through thousands of gallons of water trying to douse the blaze, shuttling water from the Delaware River about 700 feet away.

 

Though able to knock the fire down in about an hour, firefighters remained on scene for three-and-a-half hours, he said.

 

No word on what caused the blaze. A call placed to the State Police Fire Marshall’s unit was not returned.

 

“I wish that Lake Huntington would re-consider putting a fire truck in Cochecton’s Fire house” Turner said, saying it would cut down on the response time. “You’ve saving 15 minutes off of the run,” he said.

 

 
Turner said he was moved by passers-by who stopped to offer the firefighters food and drink.
Personally thanking a young woman who drove up on scene, rolled down her window and gave two dozen donuts to the tired crews, Turner said they also had three women from Lake Huntington drive up with cases of water.

 

The same three women returned a second time with a carload of water, soda, and orange juice, before making a third trip to offer them boxes of sandwiches.