Cause unknown

By Michael Turton

Five local fire companies and Putnam County Emergency Services responded to the fire. Photo by M. Turton 
Five local fire companies and Putnam County Emergency Services responded to the fire. Photo by M. Turton

Five fire companies responded to fire at a Nelsonville home on Thursday May 22, just before 3 p.m. The smoky blaze, at 269 Main St., occurred at the home of Rob and Catherine Garnsey.

No one was home at the time and there were no injuries.

Chief Josh DiNardo of Cold Spring Fire Company No. 1 said the cause of fire was not yet known. There was extensive damage on first and second floors due to fire, smoke and water. A number of companies responded including Cold Spring, Garrison, Putnam Valley, Fishkill, North Highlands and the Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services (PCBES). Cold Spring Mayor Ralph Falloon was on hand in his capacity as PCBES coordinator. Also responding was the Cold Spring Police Department and Philipstown Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

Putnam County Sheriff’s Detective Bob Ferris called in the fire. Ferris said that when he discovered the fire, the smoke was so thick that he could not enter the house.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is pending.

Behind The Story

Type: News

News: Based on facts, either observed and verified directly by the reporter, or reported and verified from knowledgeable sources.

Turton, who has been a reporter for The Current since its founding in 2010, moved to Philipstown from his native Ontario in 1998. Location: Cold Spring. Languages: English. Area of expertise: Cold Spring government, features