A Catskill family lost their home, belongings and multiple pets following a devastating fire that broke out on the afternoon of March 23, 2024. At around 1400, the Catskill Fire Company was dispatched to a structure fire on Howard Court off North Jefferson Avenue. First units arrived to a single-story home fully involved with flames and heavy smoke coming from the roof. With the fire spreading quickly and apparatus still en route, one Catskill firefighter threw on his gear and entered the house through a bedroom window with the help of two other firefighters from Hudson and Catskill. Unable to locate any pets or people, the firefighter made it back out the window before the fire reached the bedroom. When the first engine arrived, a large attack line and three smaller ones were pulled. The fire was so advanced that about a third of the roof had come down at this point and crews went defensive until they beat back enough fire to enter and start overhauling and opening up. West Athens cut a fence to get access to the rear and stretched out back. Hudson and Athens went interior in front with Catskill. Operating at the scene were Athens, West Athens, Leeds, Hudson and Greenport; Kiskatom and Cairo were on standby. In addition, Catskill Ambulance, Greene County EMS, Catskill Police Department, Central Hudson, the American Red Cross, and the Catskill Fire Auxiliary were also at the scene.

– Fire News photos by John C. Miller