Recent Electrical Fire
Cronomer Valley Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire on Sunday, November 1st, 2020 at approximately 11:15am. The owner Jenilyn Natale reported her garage on fire located at 373 Frozen Ridge Rd. in the Town of Newburgh. Cronomer Valley units responded with Middlehope Fire Department and Plattekill Fire Dept to the scene. Cronomer Valley and Middlehope units and Town of Newburgh PD arrived on scene minutes later with the majority of fire knocked down with a garden hose by the callers husband, Robert Natale. Town of Newburgh EMS responded to check out the owners who had minor smoke inhalation but refused transport. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Town of Newburgh Fire Investigator’s office and appears to be electrical in nature. Units cleared the scene within an hour. No other injuries were reported.
With colder weather coming, residents are reminded not to overload circuits with outside lights, space heaters, power tools and appliances. If you notice any lights flickering when something is being utilized, have an electrician check your circuits. Circuit breakers for wall outlets are rated for certain amperages. Make sure you do not overload them. Extension cords are for temporary electric for a particular use. They are not designed for permanent wiring. The use of power strips and surge protectors are also rated and not to extend service to multiple appliances. As always avoid running electric cords under rugs or high traffic areas where they are susceptible to damage. Check out our fire prevention tips for more fire safe reminders. Let’s all think fire safety when entering this winter season!
Photos by Bob McCormick