Fires and Motor Vehicle Accidents on the rise
Cronomer Valley FD responded to a motor vehicle accident on Chestnut Lane involving a one-car rollover on May 15th,2021. Middlehope FD on auto response assisted. Two occupants had to be extricated with hydraulic tools and were transported to Montefiore St Luke’s Hospital in Newburgh by Town of Newburgh EMS.
Shortly after clearing the scene, a head-on motor vehicle accident occurred at the intersection of Rt 32 and East Rd. CVFD units responded with Plattekill FD to remove hazards.
On Wednesday, May 19th, Cronomer Valley FD responded to an explosion and fire entering a structure on Laurie Lane at 12:56 pm. Automatic Mutual Aid was received from Goodwill FD and Plattekill FD. The fire was brought under control within minutes of arrival. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Shortly after the fire was brought under control, another alarm was received for a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Jeanne DR. and Rt 300. CVFD and Plattekill FD responded to assist Town of Newburgh EMS and remove hazards.
COVID restrictions have kept many activities non-existent. As restrictions are lifted and the weather gets warmer, more people are getting out. We must keep safety in mind and be more vigilant. Within the last few weeks we have seen a rise in fires and motor vehicle accidents. People doing spring cleaning and work around the house can help by practicing fire prevention guidelines. We’ve had sawdust from home projects spontaneously combust due to oils in mixture. Unsafe handling of combustible materials has caused other fires. If doing work involving oils with sawdust or rags make sure to keep leftovers in metal containers outside and away from the home. Keep any flammable or combustible liquids in approved containers and store them in cool and well ventilated area away from the home. Keep BBQ tanks of propane out of the sun if possible. As always try to slow down and drive defensively.