The Wappingers Falls Fire Department was dispatched to Market Street for a fire in an occupied building. Upon arrival, they found a small fire caused by what was thought to be a worker welding. The fire had already extended into the walls and floor. As crews were opening up they encountered fire conditions which had rapidly spread to the upper floors. The age and non-fireproof protection of the building didn’t help suppression efforts. The building was a three-story front/1-1/2 story rear taxpayer with fire on all floors. There was a floor collapse and crews went defensive. The incident duration was seven-plus hours, with fire conditions present for almost 3-1/2 hours.
– Fire News photos by Dave Kempter