Fire On N. Chestnut Street

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The New Paltz Fire Department responded to an attic and roof fire at 21 North Chestnut Street on Nov. 28 at 9:55 p.m.

According to Cory Wirthmann, second assistant chief of New Paltz Fire Department, no one was hurt in this incident although there were three people displaced due to the hazards created from the fire making the building unsafe to occupy.

“The official cause of the fire given by the Ulster county cause and origin team was deemed accidental from sparks created by improperly installed wiring in the attic,” Wirthmann said.

Heavy smoke was reported by firefighters in the building’s third floor stairwell and a small fire in the attic. According to The Poughkeepsie Journal, agencies that assisted with the fire include Modena Fire Department, Highland Fire Department, New Paltz Rescue Squad, New Paltz Police Department, New York State Police, the Ulster County Sheriffs Office, New Paltz Village Building Department and the Ulster County Fire Cause and Origin Team.

The fire was extinguished and responders left the scene by 12 a.m.